Boy who’s slept in a tent for three years heads back to bed after raising £700k

A 13-year-old boy who has slept in a tent for the last three years is finally returning to his own bed.

Max Woosey, also known as 'The Boy in the Tent', hit news headlines after he decided to start sleeping in his garden back in March 2020 when he was ten-years-old.

He decided to make the move after being inspired by family friend and neighbour Rick Abbott after he gifted Max his first tent.

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Before he died of cancer at the age of 74, Rick encouraged Max to take the tent and 'go and have an adventure' with it – so that's exactly what he did.

Max decided to pitch the tent in his back garden and start his adventure. However, he also wanted to raise a money for a good cause.

He decided to raise money for the North Devon Hospice – and has since raised more than £700,000 for the organisation in his 1,000 days of sleeping outside.

Chief Executive of North Devon Hospice Stephen Roberts confirmed that Max's camp-out challenge 'has directly funded 15 nurses for a whole year.'

He said: "In that time, those nurses will have supported in excess of 500 patients who were facing the impact of a life-limiting illness like cancer.”

During his three-year challenge, Max has been given all sorts of honours, including a British Empire Medal to the Bear Grylls Chief Scout Unsung Hero award and a Pride of Britain award.

As a way of marking the conclusion of his three-year challenge, Max is going to host one final celebratory camp-out on April 1.

And he's not skimping on the celebrations, as they'll be three music stages, a 'never-before-seen' movie memorabilia exhibition, a party bus, an axe-throwing range, fireworks, and a special guest appearance from Welsh actor Ian Whyte.

Talking about the upcoming camp-out festival, Max exclaimed: "It was amazing that so many people got in touch from all over the UK wanting to mark my three-year anniversary of camping out, but I wanted to stay close to home and celebrate with friends and family nearby.

"We are going to camp out on the grounds amongst the sculptures and have a big party."

Mr Roberts added: "This is a perfect way for Max to finish his fundraising challenge, which has been such an adventure and something he can look back on with so much pride."

Tickets for the day-long festival are now on sale, with all proceeds from the day to be donated to the hospice.


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