Thank god for the mad pensioners who are embarking on the most potty things to do whilst Covid 19 is on to raise money….

Michael Stanley, who is also known as 'Major Mick', 80, rows along the Chichester canal, West Sussex, in his home-made rowing boat, named the Tintanic
Michael Stanley, who is also known as ‘Major Mick’, 80, rows along the Chichester canal, West Sussex, in his home-made rowing boat, named the Tintanic

Eighty-year-old Major Mick has today embarked on a 100-mile charity rowing trip in a home-made boat fashioned from corrugated iron, curtain hooks and hosepipe.  Travelling just 2mph, retired Army major Michael Stanley, is determined to row the stretch on the Chichester canal in West Sussex to raise money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Bosham. The veteran, who served in The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards for 35 years has dubbed boat the Tintanic after creating it from two sheets of corrugated iron, curtain hooks and hosepipe.  

I love the madness of these people and thank god for them. They make us realise that there is life in the old dog yet and the older you get….why grow up? If you can make money whilst having the time of your life why not!

I hope Major Mick achieves what he has set out to do and that the money he raises far exceeds the original amount, and I think he will as it is something we Brits love. Mad dogs and Englishmen just don’t go out in the midday sun…they put together the crazy ideas into a boat made of tin and set out to show that you cannot stop someone whatever age they are….when their mind is made up. In a world of uncertainty and pandemic how refreshing to know that there is a Major Mick out there.

God bless all who sail in Tintanic and he is my hero…..