He is ALWAYS camping! A 12-year-old boy, who started sleeping in his garden to raise money for a charity in honor of his late friend, has yet to return to his bedroom two years later, with his total approaching 600 £000.
- Max Woosey, 12, will mark two years in a tent at the end of this month – after he started camping in his back garden to raise money for a North Devon hospice
- In more than 700 days since his debut, he has endured freezing temperatures and a broken tent after recent storms, but has now raised just under £600,000.
- He started sleeping outside to acknowledge the good work of his local hospice which supported his friend Rick Abbott when he was dying.
- Mr Abbott gifted his tent to Max before he died, saying ‘Promise me you’ll have your own adventures there’
A 12-year-old boy who started sleeping in a tent in his back garden in 2020 to raise money for a local hospice after a close friend died has revealed he is still under surveillance – almost two years later late.
Max Woosey, from Braunton, began his outdoor adventure on March 29, 2020 – at the height of the first lockdown – when the ten-year-old retreated to his garden with a one-person tent to raise funds for North Devon Hospital caring for his friend Rick Abbott.
However, the money kept pouring in for the schoolboy – his JustGiving page says he’s raised almost £600,000 so far – and he’s yet to return to his own room despite a time who breaks the tent.
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Always under the stars! Max Woosey, 12, from Braunton, will mark two years in a tent at the end of this month – after he started camping in his back garden to raise money for a hospice
A young Max during his first weeks sleeping in his tent – given to him by his late friend Rick Abbot – he has now endured 700 nights sleeping outside
A year on: The youngster saw a host of celebrities applaud his fundraising efforts, including Carol Vorderman and Bear Grylls
In three weeks, the youngster will celebrate sleeping outdoors for two years, during which time he braved freezing mid-winter temperatures and, more recently, the howling winds of Storm Eunice and Storm Frances.
Max told his 25,000 social media followers he had to buy a new tent after gales in February – with winds of up to 80km/h – shattered his last red and blue tent.
Tweeting from his @BoyInTheTent account at the time, Max wrote, “Wind 1. Tent 0. New tent time!”
His supportive mother, Rachael Woosey, revealed to ITV News afterwards that the family had considered Max moving indoors, but her determined son was unfazed by Mother Nature.
She said: “We invited his sisters over for dinner on Friday so he was a bit late for bed. When we came out we saw that one of the tent poles had broken and the tent had partially collapsed.
“It was late, dark, windy and cold, so I gave him the option of going in or sleeping in it. Unfortunately, he chose the broken tent!
While Max also braved the high winds of Storm Eunice and Storm Francis last month, his tent wasn’t as strong…and he’s had to replace it since.
Max raised money for The North Devon Hospice, which cared for his late neighbor Rick (pictured) before he died
New tent: Max was forced to abandon his blue and red tent after it was shattered by high winds from Storm Eunice and Storm Francis
The family pet even ventured outside to sleep alongside Max on his epic camping adventure
The fundraising effort under the stars began after Max wanted to help raise money for the hospice that allowed Mr Abbott to pass away peacefully at home.
Max’s friend was an avid adventurer, camper and outdoor sports enthusiast and shortly before he died he gave Max his tent and said, “Promise me you’ll have your own adventures.”
Max has spent birthdays, Christmas Eve and New Years Eve sleeping in his tent and has encouraged other kids around the world to camp in their backyard for Max’s Big Camp Out in 2021.
Celebrities such as Bear Grylls and Carol Vorderman have supported the youngster in his endeavors.
In the New Year’s Honor List this year, he was awarded the British Empire Medal for his efforts
His JustGiving page reads: “My name is Max, I’m 12 and am raising money for North Devon Hospice because they looked after our friend and allowed him to pass away peacefully at home with his loved ones, which was his last wish. .
“I’ve been camping since March 29, 2020. My friend Rick gave me his tent before he died and made me promise to have an adventure, so that’s what I’m doing.”
“It will be a lot of fun and they can also choose to fundraise for their own charity.”
In the New Year Honors list this year, he was awarded the British Empire Medal for his fundraising efforts.