The Inn Collection Group's Blyth pub - The Commissioners Quay Inn - stepped in to offer some much needed rest and recuperation to a charity fundraiser who is walking 9,500 miles for the RNLI.
Alex Ellis-Roswell started walking the 9,500-mile coast of Britain and Ireland in August 2014 and when The Commissioners Quay Inn heard his epic trek had reached Northumberland, though he was in need of a much-needed break.
General manager Daniel Evans said: “We were massively impressed with Alex’s incredible challenge and his unerring commitment to supporting such an important charity as the RNLI. We wanted to support his challenge – and show our continued support to the RNLI by offering to put Alex up for a couple of nights, to give his feet a well-deserved break so he can complete the final 1,000 miles of his walk down the east coast of England.
“We were waved him off on the final stages of his journey with an extra spring in his step – and some great memories of Blyth and our legenedary Northumberland hospitality.
“The RNLI is a charity we are delighted to support. Our location on the sea front here in Blyth and close proximity to numerous pleasure and commercial marine vessels as well as people just enjoying being by the sea and river brings home just how important the RNLI are in safeguarding people on the water.”
When Alex completes his challenge, he will have walked for more than three years and taken over 20 million footsteps.
During his time in Blyth, he went along to the local RNLI lifeboat station and met up with some of the crew who were training that evening. The challenge includes visiting all 237 lifeboat stations in Britain and Ireland.
Alex, who has raised nearly £60,000 so far, said: “There’s no doubt lifeboat volunteers are heroes. “Their dedication, sacrifice and bravery is an inspiration. “The fact that I’ve managed to raise so much money to support them says to me how much respect people have for the volunteer crews and what they do for us. “It’s unfortunate there’s so much bad news in the world right now, but here are thousands of men and women – from all different backgrounds – coming together to help others.
“I’m very grateful to The Commissioners Quay Inn for its hospitality during my time in Blyth, which is very much appreciated.”
To donate to the charity online through Alex’s challenge, visit www.bt.com/DonateToLifeboats