Pride of Britain winner Max Woosey, 12, started camping in March 2020 and has since raised a staggering £700,000, enough to pay the annual salaries of twenty hospice nurses .
A boy who has been sleeping in a tent every night for two years finally finished his charity camping trip this weekend – having raised £700,000.
This weekend will mark the two-year anniversary since 12-year-old Max Woosey entered camp in March 2020.
He has since camped at London Zoo, 10 Downing Street and Twickenham Rugby Stadium and won praise from Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
And since March 2020, he has raised a staggering £598,000 – more than £700,000 including Gift Aid – enough to pay the annual salaries of 20 healthcare nurses.
Max’s Big Camp Out will take place on Saturday night where he will be joined by celebrity supporters including Carol Vorderman and Pride of Britain winners including Hughie and Freddie, Stephen Wharton and Harmonie – Rose Allen.
The event will begin at an undisclosed location in Braunton, Devon, on Saturday at 2pm and will feature live music throughout the day.
Despite the official end of the fundraiser, his mother Rachael Woosey says Max won’t be coming home anytime soon – as camping outside has become “a way of life” for him.
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She said: “After two years have passed this weekend, we’re going to be a lot more passive. There won’t be any need to use social media and we’ll be downsizing the fundraising.
“Then Max will do this quietly and it will become less about fundraising but just a way of life.
“It’s been two years of his life which have been amazing and a real adventure for him. But I think he can just be a little bit normal and not let people care where he is. sleep all the time.
“But he didn’t come in and wanted to stay and sleep in his tent. He said he would consider sleeping in a hotel if we were away but that was his only concession.
“He’s happy out there and there will be more distractions inside. Now that he’s in middle school, I just want him to get a good night’s sleep.”
The inspirational schoolboy’s efforts have been described as “crazy” by the North Devon Research Institute.
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Deep sleep begins on March 27, 2020 in memory of Max’s friend and neighbor, Rick Abbot, who passed away in February 2019.
Rick, 74, gave Max a tent and told him to adventure with it, so he decided to camp in the garden of his family home in Braunton.
Rachael said Max’s longevity has surprised many family members, but they are extremely proud of his achievement.
She added: “A lot of family members think it’s enough after six months and there’s a huge amount of traction to get him back inside.
“As far as we know if he’s in the fresh air and sleeps well we shouldn’t have a problem with it.
“We’re all incredibly proud of what he’s done and we love that he did it for who he is. He’s proven that kids can make a difference. and something went up. It would have been easy if he hadn’t let him go, but what he’s done is remarkable.
“He’s going to be off for a full two years so the last night will be Monday night. It’s going to be pretty emotional and I’m going to camp with him again that night to finish it off. But it’s going to be some separate time. Our private – big public event to end it is on Saturday.
“What he achieved for the hospice made all the difference. But as an individual, he also developed confidence and that will help him stay strong in the future. Now, he has a great sense of himself and will continue to do so. I’m sure. .
“The support we’ve had from everyone has been amazing and I want to thank everyone for really supporting Max in the way that they are.
Reflecting on last year, which also saw him receive the British Pride award, Max said: “The whole thing was just a dream. I met so many amazing people and did so much. great things like going to Twickenham and 10 Downing Street.
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“I tried to show it off at London Zoo, it’s phenomenal and definitely another highlight.
“It’s unbelievable and just going to Pride of Britain is amazing. There have been so many highlights.
“The tent is my home now and I don’t know how to sleep in the bed. I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep in the house now.”
Max said that during the ordeal, he slept in 14 different tents.
He added: “It’s just a really nice feeling inside knowing I’ve helped raise so much money. I really thank everyone who donated. Hospices are heroes. really and do all the hard work.”
North Devon Hospice says the equivalent of nearly 20 nurses working for 12 months.
At the time Max began his ordeal, the hospice was facing £1 million in funding due to the lockdown.
To donate visit Max’s camp out for North Devon Hospice
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