11-Year-Old Boy Sleeps outside for 500 Nights to Raise Money—Here's What For

After experiencing the passing away of a friend that touched him to the core, a boy decided to go on a courageous mission in honor of the man who emboldened him to do so on his death bed. 

At only 11 years old, Max Woosey from Braunton, Devon in England, camped outside for 500 nights in a row. He began his journey on March 28, 2020, with the admirable purpose of raising funds for the North Devon Hospice.

He managed to raise over $700,000 for this hospice that suffered financially due to the pandemic. The 11-year-old was initially inspired by his neighbor, who had cancer.

11-year-old Max Woosey with his tent (left) and holding up balloons (right) │ Source: BBC News

11-year-old Max Woosey with his tent (left) and holding up balloons (right) │ Source: BBC News

Rick Abbott, residing in the hospice and before he passed away, gave Woosey the tent, encouraging him to use it for adventures. As is clear, the young man followed this advice, expressing

"It was amazing and such good fun - definitely an experience I'll always remember."

Max also verbalized that he felt genuinely touched by the level of support he received. This is especially after the fact that his original monetary goal was only around £100 ($137.11).

Max has camped in many areas, from his backyard to 10 Downing street. The young man said that it doesn't feel like he has been camping for such an extended period. 

He was forced to move due to alleged illegal squatting and was arrested on On July 15, 2021.

The young man took on many astounding feats while on his escapade; this included thunderstorms, sweltering, sleeping in the snow, and also catching COVID-19 at one point. Max expressed that he is not planning on stopping anytime soon. 

11-year-old Max Woosey in a shelter he built.│Source: BBC News

11-year-old Max Woosey in a shelter he built.│Source: BBC News

Both the young man's mother and father have expressed how proud they are of their son. His mom admitted that she was not too fond of the idea initially, expressing:

"Well I said a straight no to begin with. There was still frost on the ground."

However, she finally conceded, saying that the family was in disbelief of Max's admirable achievement. His father, a Royal Marine, stated that he thinks his 11-year-old enjoyed it so much due to the freedom it provided. 

11-year-old Max Woosey’s mother.│Source: BBC News

11-year-old Max Woosey’s mother.│Source: BBC News

Although Max has spent his time camping in nature, some individuals genuinely commit to a whole life separate from society. An elderly man in Canterbury lived for 27 years in a small cabin in the wood.

Living sustainably, a man going by David Lidstone used solar energy and grew his plants and vegetables. Unfortunately, he was forced to move off the land due to alleged illegal squatting and was arrested on July 15, 2021.

After promising to leave the cabin in the woods, Lidstone was released. Unlike Max, this man's expedition didn't lead to fortune but, sadly, the loss of a lifestyle that he deemed deeply valuable. 

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