Michael Stanley, known as ‘Major Mick’, set off aboard ‘Tintanic II’ to cross the Solent on Saturday in his latest fundraising challenge.
A retired 軍 major who rowed across the Solent in a home-made tin boat for charity said the journey “couldn’t have been better”.
Michael Stanley, known as “Major Mick”, set off in the “Tintanic” across the Solent on Saturday, making his way from Hurst Castle in Lymington to the Isle of Wight.
The 81-year-old has raised more than £8,000 and rowed 44 out of a planned 100 miles so far this year for Children on the Edge, a charity helping Ukrainian refugees crossing the border to モルドバ and Romania.
“The Ukrainians need every help they can possibly get,” Mr Stanley told the PA news agency.
“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.”
Donning his famous Union Jack スーツ, Mr Stanley captained Tintanic II across the water on a short trip which took around one hour.
“Beautiful sunshine and wonderful scenery, and the sea was very calm," 彼は言った.
“It couldn’t have been better.”
Mr Stanley, who served in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards for 35 年, said his sailing mission – which has included trips across the Beaulieu river in the New Forest and the Serpentine in Hyde Park – is about “putting smiles on people’s faces”.
「「人 have been extremely generous and kind," 彼は言った.
“And it’s not all about money, but it’s about putting smiles on people’s faces.
“I’m dressed in a Union Jack suit this year out of respect for Her Majesty’s jubilee year.
「息子のフラッグフットボールチームを指導し、娘のソフトボールチームを手伝いました。, I’m enjoying it.”
He made the Tintanic out of two sheets of corrugated iron in March 2020, the year he started rowing.
「「(です) two sheets of corrugated iron which I bought and then bits and pieces which I had in the house or the garden to make the rest of it," 彼が説明した.
“It’s very sturdy – it’s well built.”
Mr Stanley is not yet sure where he will row next but is “very glad” to be supporting Children on the Edge, decorating his boat in many Ukrainian flags.
“It’s a local Chichester charity run by young and enthusiastic staff and they are really helpful," 彼は言った
To find out more about Mr Stanley and his fundraiser, go to: www.justgiving.com/tintanicforukraine