1,000 children around the world participate in ‘big camp out’

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About 1,000 children took part in a ‘big camp-out’ inspired by an 11-year-old boy who slept in a tent for a year.

Max Woosey, from Braunton, Devon, started his challenge after a neighbor, who later died of cancer, gave him a tent to ‘have an adventure in’.

Children as far away as North America and Singapore took part in camping on Saturday night.

On Sunday, Max had raised more than £ 500,000 for charity.

Max Woosey is camping in his tent in his garden in Braunton, Devon

Max Woosey is camping in his tent in his garden in Braunton, Devon

Max Woosey, from Braunton, started his challenge after a neighbor, who later died of cancer, gave him a tent to 'have an adventure in

Max Woosey, from Braunton, started his challenge after a neighbor, who later died of cancer, gave him a tent to 'have an adventure in

Max Woosey, from Braunton, started his challenge after a neighbor, who later died of cancer, gave him a tent to ‘have an adventure in

Max Woosey on the anniversary of his one-year camping trip in his tent in his garden, with mom and dad, Rachael and Mark

Max Woosey on the anniversary of his one-year camping trip in his tent in his garden, with mom and dad, Rachael and Mark

Max Woosey on the anniversary of his one-year camping trip in his tent in his garden, with mom and dad, Rachael and Mark

The money will be donated to the North Devon Hospice, which helped Max’s family care for their neighbor Rick Abbott – the man who supplied the tent – before he died in February 2020.

Max’s mother Rachael Woosey said they had received “hundreds of messages” and believed that about a thousand people participated in the camp.

Camilla Parish of Chawleigh, Devon said her family of five, along with their dogs, had camped for a third time in support of Max’s efforts.

‘After such a bizarre year, experiencing these kinds of small adventures was a lot of fun and it felt wonderful [that] so many joined up and raised money for a good cause, ”she said.

Max’s mother Rachael Woosey, pictured above, said they had received “hundreds of messages” and believed that about a thousand people took part in the camp.

Max Woosey is camping in his tent in his garden in Braunton, Devon

Max Woosey is camping in his tent in his garden in Braunton, Devon

Max Woosey is camping in his tent in his garden in Braunton, Devon

Many children braved wind and rain all night, while others enjoyed the comfort of their living room.

David Preston of South Staffordshire said his two children had popcorn in their tent, which was set up in the front room.

The kids decided to do it after seeing Max on the news one night … they hardly did it like Max. Yet they absolutely loved it, ”he said.

Max started camping at the start of the first coronavirus lockdown and has admitted that he ‘cried himself to sleep’ on some nights ‘because all his stuff was soaked’. He has gone through a total of seven tents.

Max started camping at the beginning of the first coronavirus blockage and has admitted that on some nights he 'cried himself to sleep'

Max started camping at the start of the first coronavirus blockage and has admitted that on some nights he 'cried himself to sleep'

Max started camping at the start of the first coronavirus blockage and has admitted that on some nights he ‘cried himself to sleep’

Max Woosey is camping in his tent in his garden in Braunton, Devon

Max Woosey is camping in his tent in his garden in Braunton, Devon

Max Woosey is camping in his tent in his garden in Braunton, Devon

Bear Grylls expresses support for Max Woosey, who is celebrating a year camping in his yard by urging children from around the world to join him to celebrate the occasion

Bear Grylls expresses support for Max Woosey, who is celebrating a year camping in his yard by urging children from around the world to join him to celebrate the occasion

Bear Grylls expresses support for Max Woosey, who is celebrating a year camping in his yard by urging children from around the world to join him to celebrate the occasion

Businesses and individuals have donated tents and equipment, while celebrities including Jonny Wilkinson and Bear Grylls have sent good wishes.

Ms Woosey said Max and his family were thrilled with the number of attendees and the £ 516,000 raised for the hospice.

‘Last night I was in bed in tears because it touched me.

“It’s just so overwhelming,” she said.

Mrs. Woosey has said before, “I have to stop and squeeze myself to see how big this has gotten.

Johnny Wilkinson expresses his support for Max Woosey, who is celebrating a year camping in his garden by urging children from all over the world to join him to celebrate the occasion

Johnny Wilkinson expresses his support for Max Woosey, who is celebrating a year camping in his garden by urging children from all over the world to join him to celebrate the occasion

Johnny Wilkinson expresses his support for Max Woosey, who is celebrating a year camping in his garden by urging children from all over the world to join him to celebrate the occasion

Max started out with the intention of raising a few pounds for our local hospice – in fact he raised £ 175,000, which is incredible in itself.

But to celebrate a year in his tent, he decided he wanted to raise awareness of children’s mental health during lockdown.

He knows what it’s like to be isolated from friends, not being able to play team sports and things like that, so he does this for all those kids who found lockdown – indeed the whole Covid crisis, so bad.

“Children all over the world can participate.”

Max’s father Mark Woosey, a Royal Marine, added that he “never thought” that what started out as sleeping in a tent for a few nights would last a whole year.

He said, “Max has had a great journey. It has highlighted his empathy for others as well as his iron determination.

‘I thought he only meant it for a few days. I couldn’t believe it when he went camping every night for weeks. ‘