Boy Raises More Than £75,000 For Charity After Spending More Than 200 Days In Tent
A young boy has a raised more than £75,000 for a hospice after spending more than 200 days in a tent that was given to him by a dying friend.
Max Woosey, 10, came up with the idea after friend and neighbour Rick, 74, gave him a tent shortly before he passed away.
Rick told Max to have an adventure with it, so he decided to camp out in his garden while raising money for a good cause.
Max, from Braunton, Devon, has so far spent more than 200 nights and days inside the tent and raised £76,000 ($98,000) for North Devon Hospice.
He said: "It feels amazing, it's unbelievable really.
"It will be used for equipment and stuff like that to help other people and people who really need it."
Max wanted to raise cash for the hospice that cared for Rick, who died of cancer, and his wife Sue in their final days.
He added: "They helped my friends Rick and Sue who unfortunately passed away, but they don't just help the people who are ill they help the family and friends get through it as well.
"Rick gave me a tent and said he wanted me to have an adventure, and that's what I'm doing.
"It's fun but very hard, the weather, the wildlife, they prove a massive challenge."
Max kicked off his challenge on 28 March and has spent almost all of his time in the tent, only coming into the house for school lessons, to eat or to wash and he's not stopping yet - he's hoping to go for a whole year.
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However, while Max has some serious staying power, his tents haven't fared so well. He's now on tent number five and experiencing leaks and issues with waterproofing.
His mum Rachael said: "It's absolutely incredible, it's bonkers - he set the goal of £100 and we thought we'd have to top him up to that.
"There's been many local donations, but it came from further afield too - I think there's something in the story which has touched people.
"Most of it has come in over the past few days, on Friday [9 October] he was on £12,000 and he stuck there for ages then Leo from the hospice put a post out and it's grown from there."
Talking about Max's inspiration for the challenge, she added: "Rick was lovely, he was a real outdoors person. He was either on the water each day or out climbing.
"He died in February and last September he knew he was dying so did a trip to the dolomites to do one last climb.
"He never had an office job, he always worked teaching climbing and outdoors skills.
"Max loved the fact that Rick knew so much about the outdoors. Rick was 74 and Max was 10, and the thing in common was the love of outdoors and camping.
"Rick lived his life doing what made him happy, rather than a more conventional lifestyle and that appealed to Max.
"Rick was very kind, very honest and direct - and there was something Max really liked about that."
You can donate to Max's fundraiser here.
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