Boy, 12, who’s slept in tent for 600 days spends second Christmas under stars


Max Woosey, 12, has spent the last year camping out at an exotic list of locations, including London Zoo, 10 Downing Street and Twickenham Rugby Stadium after a neighbour gifted him a tent

Max Woosey, 12, pictured in 2021 during his second year sleeping out in a tent
Max Woosey, 12, pictured in 2021 during his second year sleeping out in a tent

A young boy spent his second consecutive Christmas sleeping in a tent, raising nearly £700k in the process.

The mammoth feat came after his neighbour gifted him a tent and told him to “have an adventure”.

Max Woosey, 12, has spent the last year camping out at an exotic list of locations, including London Zoo, 10 Downing Street and Twickenham Rugby Stadium.

He has now spent more than 600 nights in a row outside and has vowed to continue until at least the two year anniversary of the start of his camp out in March next year.

Max has now raised £685k, enough to pay the annual salary of twenty hospice nurses.

The efforts of the inspirational schoolboy has been described as “insane” by the North Devon Hospice.

The sleep out began on March 27 last year in memory of Max’s friend and neighbour, Rick Abbot, who died in February 2019.

The efforts of the inspirational schoolboy has been described as “insane” by the North Devon Hospice
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North Devon Hospice has said the money equated to almost 20 nurses working for 12 months
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Rick, who was 74, had given Max a tent and told him to have an adventure with it, so he decided to camp out in the garden of his family home in Braunton, Devon.

And although he came inside to enjoy a family Christmas dinner and present opening, he did not break his run of sleeping outside over the festive period.

Reflecting on the last year, which also saw him pick up a Pride of Britain award, Max said: “The whole thing has been a bit of a dream. I have met so many amazing people and done so many amazing things such as going to Twickenham and 10 Downing Street.

“I managed to pitch it in London Zoo that was phenomenal and definitely another highlight.

“It has been incredible and just going to the Pride of Britain was amazing. There has been so many highlights.


Max said: “The whole thing has been a bit of a dream”
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“The tent is now my home and I don’t know how to sleep in bed. I don’t think I would be able to sleep inside now.”

Max said during the time of his challenge he has slept in 14 different tents, but it was never in his thoughts to give himself a Christmas indoors.

Mum Rachael Woosey, 49, praised her son’s staying power and the whole family were incredibly proud of what he had achieved.

She added: “He is refusing to come in and now wants to get to at least two years, which will be to the end of March.

“It has been an incredible year and a bit bonkers really. He has also started secondary school in amongst everything.

“We are so proud. He is such a lovely young man and has stayed very grounded about everything he has been through.”

North Devon Hospice has said the money equated to almost 20 nurses working for 12 months.

At the time Max started the challenge the hospice was facing a £1m drop in funding because of the lockdown.

Spokesperson Leo Cooper said: “I cannot over-emphasise how important his fundraising has been.

“At lockdown we were looking at the prospect of losing £1m, that adds up to a whole lot of care that we cannot provide and it was needed, especially during the lockdown.

“Max’s fundraising equates to almost 20 nurses for the whole year, so that gives you an idea of the scale.”

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