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"Major Mick" pictured on his Tintantic home-made tin boat (Picture: Major Mick Stanley/JustGiving).
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Retired Army major rows to Isle of Wight in tin boat for Ukraine

The 81-year-old has raised more than £8,000 for Children on the Edge.

Major Mick pictured on Tintanic DATE UNKNOWN CREDIT Major Mick Stanley Justigiving.jpg
"Major Mick" pictured on his Tintantic home-made tin boat (Picture: Major Mick Stanley/JustGiving).

A retired Army major rowed in a home-made tin boat across the Solent for charity.

Michael Stanley, known as "Major Mick", set off in the tin boat known as Tintanic on Saturday, making his way from Hurst Castle in Lymington to the Isle of Wight.

So far the 81-year-old has raised more than £8,000 for Children on the Edge, a charity helping Ukrainian refugees crossing the border to Moldova and Romania.

"The Ukrainians need every help they can possibly get," Mr Stanley said.

"And I just felt that if I could raise a few pounds for them, it’s a drop in the ocean but it’s something rather than nothing," he added.

Mr Stanley served in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards for 35 years.

He made the Tintanic out of two sheets of corrugated iron in March 2020, the year he started rowing.

"It’s very sturdy – it’s well built," he explained.