Former Army Major Michael Stanley, more commonly known as Major Mick, has reached the halfway mark in his charity challenge to row 100 miles at 2mph in his home-made boat.
Major Mick – who served in The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards for 35 years – built the boat, named the Tintanic, out of two sheets of corrugated iron, curtain hooks, and a hosepipe.
He hoped to raise £1,000 for St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Bosham by rowing 100 miles along the Chichester Canal in West Sussex.
He has now rowed 50 miles and already raised more than £24,000 with the total still growing.
Mr Stanley said he was “absolutely astounded to meet this wonderful milestone. The work of the hospice is more vital now than ever”.
Alison Moorey, the hospice’s chief executive, said: “We are deeply grateful to Major Mick for his wonderful 100-mile ‘Tintanic’ challenge in support of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
“At any one time, we are supporting 330 patients both here at our beautiful purpose-built hospice in Bosham and with the majority in their homes. Many of whom have been comforted by Major Mick’s story.
“The fundraising and awareness he builds for the vital work of the hospice in these challenging times is a timely reminder we can all do something to make a difference to local lives.”
Cover image: Major Mick is halfway through his 100-mile challenge.