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Army veteran Major Mick to be greeted by Lord Montagu when he sails into Beaulieu for Alzheimer's Research UK

A HOME-MADE tin boat piloted by army veteran Major Mick is set to make waves in Beaulieu to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Eighty-year-old Michael Stanley, a retired Scots Dragoon Guards Major, will be greeted by Lord Montagu when he arrives via Beaulieu River in his Tintanic II craft on Tuesday.

He made a splash with his original vessel Tintanic during the first lockdown, sailing 100 miles up and down his local canal, garnering support from well-known adventurer and broadcaster Ben Fogle and appearing on ITV’s This Morning.

Major Michael Stanley - aka Major Mick will sail into Beaulieu (47814910)
Major Michael Stanley - aka Major Mick will sail into Beaulieu (47814910)

Now he has upgraded the craft to tour the UK’s waterways to raise £20,000 towards studies of dementia.

Mick said: “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.

“2020 showed us the importance of the incredible work that UK scientists, doctors and researchers are capable of, and with your support we can make a difference, to find a cure for this distressing condition and the diseases that cause it.”

Mick at work on the boat made of tin (47814930)
Mick at work on the boat made of tin (47814930)

Ian Wilson, Alzheimer’s Research UK’s deputy CEO and executive director of fundraising and communications, said: “Our vital research is only made possible thanks to our incredible supporters, and we’re so grateful to Major Mick for supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK.

“Dementia affects a significant proportion of the population – one in three people over 65 in the UK will die with some form of the condition. Fantastic fundraising efforts like this will help us to make life-changing research breakthroughs for people with dementia.”

To sponsor Major Mick visit justgiving.com/fundraising/majormick-tintanic, search for his Tintanic Adventures page on Facebook, or visit alzheimersresearchuk.org

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