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British boy slept for months in garden tent to raise money for hospice

Ben Makori

Reuters

Braunton, England  /  Thu, October 15, 2020  /  03:34 pm
British boy slept for months in garden tent to raise money for hospice

Max Woosey, 10, who has spent 200 nights sleeping in a tent to remember his late neighbors, is seen in this undated handout photo in Braunton, Britain. (Handout via REUTERS/Courtesy of Rachael Woosey)

A British boy who began sleeping in a tent in his garden back in March to raise money in memory of his neighbors, was celebrating on Wednesday after his charity camp-out amassed more than 40,000 pounds ($52,000).

Days after Britain imposed a national lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 in March, Max Woosey, 10, set out to raise 100 pounds for a local hospice that looked after his neighbors Rick and Sue who died of cancer, fearing it would suffer due to the pandemic restrictions.

His camp-out idea was inspired by Rick, who gave Max his tent shortly before he died, telling him to have an adventure in it.

"He was an amazing man - he was super fit, he loved the outdoors," Max, who lives in Braunton, southwest England, told Reuters.

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Since he began, he has had to cope with an ants' nest under his tent which left him covered in red marks, but he said the weather had been the biggest issue, with the tent needing to be tethered down in the middle of the night during storms.

"I'm planning to do a year in the tent and then see where it goes from there really," Max said, before his mum, Rachael, interjected: "Then he's coming inside."

"No, I'm not," Max replied.

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