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PICTURE: Home-made 'Tintanic' grabs limelight from Loch Ness Monster on epic journey for Alzheimer’s Research UK by Major Mick

By Val Sweeney

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Major Mick took a rowing trip on Loch Ness during his UK-wide journey.
Major Mick took a rowing trip on Loch Ness during his UK-wide journey.

A retired major who took a rowing trip on Loch Ness in his tiny home-made boat of tin is being welcomed home as he completes an epic charity fundraising mission.

Retired Scots Dragoon Guards Major Michael Stanley, known as Major Mick, recently visited the Highlands with his boat, Tintanic II.

It was part of a tour of waterways around the UK by the 80-year-old who is raising money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Having been waved off in May from Henley on Thames by adventurer Ben Fogle, the major will be greeted by a reception committee at Chichester Canal basin as his journey comes to an end.

He was inspired to take on the challenge after seeing the devastating effect of Alzheimer’s disease on his friends and family and has raised nearly £9000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK, which powers world-class studies focusing on prevention, diagnosis and treatments for dementia.

"I am impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff at Alzheimer’s Research UK who work tirelessly to raise money to support crucial research in our universities, hospitals and research laboratories," he said.

Ian Wilson, deputy chief executive and executive director of fundraising and communications at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said the charity was grateful to Major Mick.

"Fantastic fundraising efforts like this will help us to make life-changing research breakthroughs for people with dementia," he said.

To sponsor Major Mick, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/majormick-tintanic.

For further information about Alzheimer’s Research UK, or to find out more about fundraising for the charity, call 0300 111 5555 or visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org.

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