An 11-year-old schoolboy has completed a whole year of sleeping in a tent in his garden for charity. Max Woosey embarked on his adventure on March 28, 2020, intending to raise money for the North Devon Hospice that cared for Rick Abbot, a friend of the Woosey family.
Max, from Braunton, has since raised over £500,000 for the hospice and his story has travelled across the globe.
He camped in all weather conditions—even throughout the cold snap when temperatures dipped to the lowest seen in the UK for over a decade. Max’s mammoth camping session was inspired by keen adventurer Mr Abbott who gave his tent to Max shortly before his death and told him: “Promise me you’ll have your own adventures in it.”
Max spent his birthday, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve sleeping in his tent and received messages of support from celebrity adventurer Bear Grylls and Rugby legend Jonny Wilkinson.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Max commented. “I watch all Bear Grylls’ stuff on TV, and I love rugby.
“I‘ve got a few books about Jonny Wilkinson and his autobiography in my tent, which I read when I’m not reading the Beano.
“It was epic that they both supported me, saying: ‘Carry on kid, you can do it.’”
Max’s mother, Rachael, added: “I have to stop and pinch myself to take in just how big this has become.
“Max started out with the intention of raising a few pounds for our local hospice – in fact— he’s raised £175,000 and counting, which is incredible in itself.”
Max’s Royal Marine father, Mark Woosey, confessed he never thought what started out as a few nights sleeping in a tent would turn into a year’s camping: “I thought he meant just for a few days. I couldn’t believe it when he started camping out every night, for weeks on end.
“Max has been on an amazing journey. It has brought out both his empathy for others and his steely determination.”
If you’d like to donate to Max Woosey’s fundraising efforts, online donations can be made at https://maxsbigcampout.justgiving.com/.