Major Mick has rowed to the end of his ‘Tintanic’ 100-mile rowing challenge on Friday 18 December, raising an ‘oar’some £34,200 for St Wilfrid’s Hospice so far!
The 80-year-old ex-army major rowed 3 miles up and down the Chichester Canal twice a week or more, for over three months - all in a home-made corrugated iron boat.
Christened the ‘Tintanic’, the metallic vessel lived up to its name sake on the maiden voyage, but has proved dependable ever since.
Major Mick said, “I am very proud to accomplish this mission I set myself for St Wilfrid’s Hospice, It’s been wonderful talking to passers-by on each canal trip, it’s been a joy to bring a smile to so many peoples day – and also hear how many lives have been touched by the Hospice in such a positive way.”
At any one time St Wilfrid’s Hospice is proud to support around 330 patients with end of life care, the majority in their own homes.
Alison Moorey, Chief Executive for St Wilfrid’s Hospice said, “We are so grateful to have local heroes like Major Mick prepared to get active for St Wilfrid’s.
St Wilfrid’s Hospice receive just 16% of its funding from the NHS, and relies on the ongoing support of the public to raise £7.8 million each year.
His commitment and creativity has brought some festive cheer to so many. We also thank all those who have so generously donated to the Tintanic challenge.
These vital funds will support many patients and their loved ones needing compassionate care.”
The tally raised so far is enough to fund over 20 days of the Hospice at Home’s service or provide a ward nurse for 49 days.
Nautical enthusiasts or those looking to own an internationally celebrated conversation piece can look forward to bidding on the ‘Tintanic’ EBay auction, from 8.00pm on 18th December.
The vessel, complete with bailing out can, will be listed on the Hospice’s EBay shop until 8.00pm Monday 28th December at www.ebay.co.uk/str/St-Wilfrids-Hospice-Chichester.
You can also still give on Major Mick’s just giving page at www.justgiving.com/.../majormicktintanic100challenge.