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Irish coastal hike raises £23,000 for RNLI

Alex Ellis-Roswell is making his way around Ireland to raise cash for the RNLI
Connla Young

An epic trek around the coast of Ireland has raised more than £23,000 for the RNLI.

Alex Ellis-Roswell began his marathon journey in Belfast last July in a bid to raise cash for the life boat charity.

Walking clockwise around the country, he has now reached Portrush and will follow the Co Antrim coastline until he arrives back in Belfast later this month.

The 23-year-old has walked his way through six pairs of boots since he started his trip in Kent two years ago yesterday.

From a farming background, he revealed that he decided to take on the walk after his father Roy died in 2013.

“I was trying to be positive and clear my head and got the notion to start walking and two years later I am still doing it.

“I’m like a slower version of Forest Gump.”

He said he decided to support the RNLI because he was aware of the valuable work they carry out.

“I had always been on the water one way or another and always been very aware of how important the charity is.”

He said the journey has been an “amazing, unique experience” and thanked everyone who has helped him along the way.

He revealed that he plans to resume his trek of Britain when he eventually completes his circuit of Ireland.

The RNLI operates 45 lifeboats in Ireland and Alex has met many of the volunteers who main their lifeboats as he completed his hike.

RNLI Community Fundraising Manager Nicola Kelly said: ˜We get a lot of wonderful people doing all sorts of incredible things to raise funds and awareness for the work of the RNLI in Ireland.

“This was certainly one of the most arduous and demanding fundraising feats for the charity.”

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