Major Mick set to complete latest rowing challenge in Chichester — raising thousands for charity

Former British Army Major, Mick Stanley, is gearing up for his final row as part of a huge fundraiser for St Wilfrid's Hospice and Alzheimer's UK.

Major Mick raises £22K as he nears the half-way mark in 100 mile canal challengeThe 80-year-old from West Wittering has been rowing in iconic waterways up and down the county in his home-made vessel, the Tintanic II.

Major Mick previously set himself the challenge of rowing 100 miles on Chichester Canal for which he raised £44,000.

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His latest nautical adventure has seen him row in waterways including Henley, Blenheim Palace and Loch Ness.

Major Mick Stanley

Former army major to row along Chichester canal for 100 miles in homemade boatNow Mick is set to complete the challenge on September 29 and is looking for the support of Chichester residents as he rows back down Chichester Canal.

He has invited Chichester residents to come and show their support.

"It's a celebration of my rowing for the last year and support of St Wilfrid's and Alzheimer's UK," he said, "I have rowed 200 miles and now raised more than £54,000 and have visited over 25 locations in the UK in the past six months.

"It has been quite hard work — the rowing is the easy bit — it's the driving around with the Tintanic II rattling around in the back."

'Oarsome' achievement as Major Mick's 100 mile Chichester Canal Challenge endsAmong Mick's favourite spots on his adventure was Loch Ness.

"Unfortunately, I didn't see the Loch Ness Monster. It was on one of the last days and the weather looked very dark and sinister so I was a bit disappointed to to have see the monster."

Talking about the places he visited, Mick added: "They have all been fascinating and all very different. One that does stick out is the Kelpies that are between Edinburgh and Glasgow. They are absolutely stunning to look at."

Chichester canal hero Major Mick to take to the water in second 100 mile charity feat"Support has been wonderful and I am very happy for people to come down and join me.

"It has been a lot of fun and that is how it started off and that is how I would like to keep it."

A Jazz band will also be playing from the balcony of the Basin café on September 29 and will include 'Michael Row The Boat Ashore' in their set.

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