Image: Alex Ellis-Roswell left home in Kent in 2014 to walk 9,500 miles around the coast of Britain for charity (image courtesy of R.N.L.I)

Image: Alex Ellis-Roswell left home in Kent in 2014 to walk 9,500 miles around the coast of Britain for charity (image courtesy of R.N.L.I)

He's been chased by bulls, slept in doorways and visited more than 200 lifeboat stations - but 9,500 miles later, RNLI fundraiser Alex Ellis-Roswell completed his trek of walking round the coast of Britain to raise money for this life saving charity in memory of his late father.

With family, friends and RNLI fundraisers waiting at the finish line, the 24-year-old took his final few steps of his journey at Minnis Bay at around 2pm, the same spot he set off from all those years ago. So far, Alex has raised more than £64,000 by walking around the British and Irish coastline, a far cry from his original fundraising target of £10,000.

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He is now on a mission to hit £95,000, to represent £10 for every mile he has walked.

Alex, from Canterbury, said: "I'm excited to be so close to finishing and raising a great sum for the RNLI and its volunteers." He set out on his venture on Sunday, August 3 2014.

It was after the passing of his father, Sir Raymond Ellis at Christmas in 2013 that Alex decided to go on the journey of a lifetime. His father had spent much of his life dedicated to charity work and fundraising, which spurred Alex on. Alex said: "My dad's ultimate stubbornness against what seemed to be a never ending cycle of illness, pain, operations and setbacks will always be a very personal inspiration to me. 

"I started off thinking about £10,000 then £20,000 then £50,000. I suppose reaching this target shows how well supported the RNLI is by the people, places and communities I've walked through, especially when for many people money is tight."

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