Major Mick rows homemade boat along Chichester Canal to hand wife flowers on golden anniversary

Former army major, Mick Stanley, rowed his homemade boat to deliver his wife a bouquet in celebration of their golden anniversary.

Monday, 16th November 2020, 3:14 pm
Updated Monday, 16th November 2020, 3:18 pm

The ex-Royal Scots Dragoon Guards major is raising money for St Wilfrid's Hospice by rowing his homemade boat the 'Tintanic' along Chichester Canal.

He has so far raised more than £30,000 — a milestone high above his original £5,000 target.

A specially made ‘Tintanic’ cake was also cut to mark 50 years of marriage between Mick and his wife Sally.

Mick and Sally next to the Tintanic

Having sailed the Bahamas, Indonesia and travelled the world in between, Mick’s 100-mile ‘Tintanic’ challenge for St Wilfrid’s Hospice is the latest in a long line of exploits they have shared.

The 80-year-old retired said: “It’s been a glorious adventure these past 50 years together, I loved every minute of it and long may it continue”.

Mick has about 30 miles left to row until his challenge is completed.

Alison Moorey chief executive for St Wilfrid’s Hospice shared this thank you message:

“We are deeply grateful to Major Mick for undertaking his challenge in support of St Wilfrid’s Hospice to bring us all some cheer in these challenging times.

"At any one time we are supporting 330 patients, the majority cared for from their own homes and 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.”

You can show your support for Major Mick at

An auction for the ‘Tintanic’ vessel herself will be announced in December, and will take place on the Hospice’s EBay shop at