Walker Alex visits town on trek round Britain

PUBLISHED: 13:35 05 November 2014 | UPDATED: 13:35 05 November 2014

Charity walker Alex Ellis-Rowsell on the deck of Exmouth RNLI Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn in Exmouth Marina. Picture by Exmouth RNLI.

Charity walker Alex Ellis-Rowsell on the deck of Exmouth RNLI Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn in Exmouth Marina. Picture by Exmouth RNLI.

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An intrepid charity fundraiser has passed through Exmouth on a walk around the coast of Great Britain to raise money for the RNLI.

Alex Ellis-Rowsell, 21, began his challenge at Margate on August 3, and is expecting the 6,500-mile clockwise walk to take around two years.

His effort follows the death of his father, Raymond, a keen charity fundraiser, last Christmas, after which Alex sold his three-year-old advertising business in Canterbury to embark on what he believes will be the spiritual and fundraising journey of a lifetime.

Prepared for wild camping, and accepting offers of accommodation along the way, Alex arrived at Exmouth Lifeboat Station on October 25.

Having been recognised by RNLI shop volunteers, he was given a tour of the Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn by coxswain Steve Hockings-Thompson.

Having stayed with friends in Exeter, Alex spent two nights with an Exmouth couple, who kindly offered him the use of their sofa, before being given a lift across the Exe Estuary by Steve in a rigid inflatable boat, to pick up the coast path at Dawlish Warren.

Explaining why he is supporting the institution, Alex said: “RNLI lifeboat crew volunteers save an average of 23 lives at sea every single day.

“In my opinion, they’re heroes. They put themselves right in the thick of what is Britain’s most unforgiving environment – our sea.”

● To sponsor Alex, visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/longwalkround

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