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Boy, 10, raises £75,000 by sleeping outside for 200 days in memory of friend

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Boy sleeps in tent for months in memory of friends
Max Woosey, 10, has slept outside for over 200 nights (Picture: Woosey Family / SWNS)

A 10-year-old boy has raised more than £75,000 for charity by sleeping outside for more than 200 nights in memory of his family friend.

Max Woosey, from Braunton in Devon, started camping in a tent in his garden when lockdown began in March and has vowed to sleep there every night until the pandemic ends.

The challenge was inspired by his friend and neighbour Rick, 74, who died of cancer in February.

Rick gave Max his tent as a gift before he passed away, telling him: ‘Promise me you’ll have an adventure in here’.

The young boy has now raised £75,000 for the hospice that looked after both Rick and his wife in their final days.

Speaking about his late neighbour, Max told the North Devon Gazette: ‘He was an amazing man, really fit and sporty, and the only time I saw him inside was when he was watching the rugby. We became good friends.’

Writing on his JustGiving page, he added: ‘I am raising money for the North Devon Hospice because they looked after our friend and enabled him to pass peacefully at home with those closest to him which was his final wish.

Max in his tent
The boy has been camping in his garden in memory of his neighbour (Picture: Woosey Family / SWNS)
Max in his tent
Almost £75,000 has been raised for North Devon Hospice (Credits: Woosey Family / SWNS)

‘Sadly most of the fundraising is now cancelled or closed due to Covid-19 so they are missing out on vital funds.’

Stephen Roberts, chief executive of the hospice, has described Max as a ‘hospice hero’.

He said: ‘Coronavirus has been a real double-whammy for the hospice. There has been an increase in demand for our care, but at the same time our ability to raise funds to make this care possible has just collapsed.

‘So, the money Max has raised, thanks to thousands of generous people far and wide, will genuinely make a huge difference to people’s lives. It will help us to carry on caring for local people in their hour of need.’

Since reaching the 200-day mark, Max has set himself a new goal to camp outside for an entire year.

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