Major Mick's 'Tintanic' 100-mile Challenge

Major Mick’s ‘Tintanic’ 100-mile challenge got underway, as the 80-year-old ex-army major began rowing the first few miles up and down the Chichester Canal in a home-made corrugated iron boat.

Christened the ‘Tintanic’, the metallic vessel has undergone its own sea trials at Wittering’s beach and Bosham harbour prior to starting the ambitious 100-mile challenge to raise funds for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

Major Mick (Michael Stanley) said, “I wish to complete this venture in aid of our local St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Bosham that has done such wonderful work over the years in our community.

I will leave Hunston every Saturday and Wednesday at 11am and return from Chichester Basin to complete a total distance of 100 miles over the coming months.

My hope is that I can raise £1,000 for this very special place that has served and continues to serve us all in the Chichester Area.”

As of October 1, Mick has smashed his initial target and is sailing his way toward a new £5000 target.

Alex Burch, St Wilfrid’s Hospice Community Fundraising Manager said, “We are very proud so many people like Major Mick are willing to get active for St Wilfrid’s, finding new and exciting ways to support end of life care in their local community. Thank you, Major Mick, stay safe and dry on your voyages!”

If you would like to show your support for Major Mick, please wave and snap a picture with the #Isawthetintanic if you see him on the canal.

You can also visit his just giving page and consider a donation at

If you’d like to create your own challenge for the Hospice, talk to the St Wilfrid’s experienced fundraising team at or call 01243 755302 for tips and advice on making it safe and successful.