Meet the boy who's been sleeping in a tent for a year to raise money for COVID

Meet the boy who's been sleeping in a tent for a year to raise money for COVID

 Max Woosey, 11, has slept in a tent in his garden every single night since 28 March last year – five days after lockdown was imposed.

 

He decided to do it to raise money for North Devon Hospice in memory of his neighbour Rick, who gave it to him before he died on 14 February. Like many charities, the hospice lost nearly all of its fundraising during lockdown. 

And one year on, he's still going.

He told Sky News this morning: "I started this because my friends Rick and Sue died of cancer.

"I thought I'll camp out for a week, maybe two, to raise money."

But he kept going and going, come rain or shine.

"There's been a lot of moving the tent because the ground's been so wet. We've had Storm Bella."

His mother Rachael said: "To say that I'm proud of him just doesn't do it justice.

"We've had nights when it's been -4C and I say 'you don't have to do this' and he just keeps going. His resilience is incredible.

"For us as parents it was really tough at first to let him sleep outside on his own. But he's shown us that he can."

Max has raised more than £152,000 for the hospice and is now encouraging other children his age to do the same thing.

"All the kids have been stuck at home, this year has pretty much sucked, so it's our time to shine and raise money," he said.

You can read more about Max's journey here.