The Steam Packet Company has helped a charity walker who paid a visit to the Isle of Man as he treks around the coast of Britain to raise funds for the RNLI.

Alex Ellis-Roswell spent 10 days walking the Raad ny Foillan and visiting the Island’s lifeboat stations, meeting volunteers and raising money.

Alex’s visit to Manx shores was part of a two-year 6,500-mile walk around the coast of Britain, as he bids to raise £10,000 for the RNLI and raise awareness of the work it does. Alex set off from Kent in August last year and has already raised well over half of his target. 

Alex said: ‘I would like to thank everyone who helped me along the way while I was in the Isle of Man, and of course the Steam Packet Company who kindly supported me with travel to and from the Island. Many thanks also to everyone who put money in my collection bucket on the way around the coast.

‘We raised £306.59 over the 10 days, plus a further £175 in online donations. This means £481.59 is going to the RNLI Lifeboats, a charity that relies entirely on donations to help save lives at sea around the coast of the Isle of Man and Britain. The overall total raised so far now stands at £6,005.27. If anyone would like to add to that total by donating online, please visit’

Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘We were only too pleased to support Alex during his wonderful fundraising initiative. It was fitting that he visited the Isle of Man during his trek, given its special link with the RNLI, being the home of Sir William Hillary when he founded the organisation in 1824.’

You can follow Alex’s adventures on his Facebook page at:

RNLI charity walker Alex Ellis-Roswell pictured on the Bridge of Ben-my-Chree with Captain John Pirrie (left) and Second Officer Laurence Campbell