Boy Living in Tent for Charity Hits 500-day Milestone and Over $880k Raised

A young boy from England hoped to raise £100 for charity, but he has now raised more than £640,000 British pounds over 500 days.

Max Woosey, an 11-year-old boy from Devon, a county in southwest England, has been living in a tent for over 500 days to raise money for charity. He started his mission on March 27, 2020 in memory of his friend and neighbor, Rick Abbott, who died from cancer in February 2019. Just before his passing, Rick gave Max his tent and told him to have an adventure with it.

Max wanted to raise money for North Devon Hospice, which had taken care of Rick, and the facility was losing financial donations as the global lockdowns ramped up. Max has slept in the tent over Christmas, his birthday and even through winter storms. He only planned to raise £100, but 500 days and 10 tents later, he has raised over £640,000 British pounds, or approximately $880,000 U.S. dollars.

“It feels amazing to reach 500 nights,” Max told the Guardian. “It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long because so many cool things have happened since I started camping. I never ever thought it would last this long, but I absolutely love it.”

Max’s mother is an accountant and said the 500 days have been life-changing for the family. “It started off as my little 10-year-old boy camping out in the garden for a few nights and hoping to raise £100. None of us can really believe what has happened,” she said. 

When asked about plans to stop camping, Max said: “No, this is me, this is what I do now. I don’t have any intention of stopping just now. I love being outdoors and being closer to nature. If it stops being fun, I’ll come in. But I can’t imagine that.

Image source: The Guardian