‘Boy in tent’ who raised £750k for hospice invited to Coronation

The Boy In The Tent, famous for camping out since 2020 to raise money for a hospice, has been invited to the King’s Coronation. Max Woosey, 13, found his official invitation to the event on the official Royal Family Twitter. He said his mum cried when he heard the news.

He has so far raised more than £750,000 for North Devon Hospice, smashing his JustGiving target of £100,000.

Max wrote on Twitter: “Just spotted my invitation on @RoyalFamily.

“Now it feels really real! Obviously Mum’s crying again. (Probably because it’s Dads name on it not hers).”

The announcement was shared with two photographs of his decorative invitation from The King.

Last month, Max celebrated having been camping out for three years. In a Twitter post, sharing a picture of him holding a number three balloon, he described it as “the best adventure of my life”.

Max, whose funding has helped to care for over 400 people at the hospice, had his last day camping on April 4.

He will be attending Westminster Abbey for the procession with his dad Mark, who just retired as a major in the Royal Marines. Mark told The Times it was “a privilege” to go.

The young man was first inspired to raise money for the hospice after his neighbours Rick and Sue Abbott received end-of-life care when they died of cancer.

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Throughout his camping experience, Max has pitched his tent in all sorts of locations, from 10 Downing Street to a London Zoo enclosure where he slept next to a lion.

He also camped on the grass at Twickenham Stadium with his dad Mark and spent a night on the balcony of a presidential suite at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hyde Park.

For his efforts, Max has been awarded a British Empire Medal and was awarded a Blue Peter Gold Badge.

He was also given a Guinness World Record for the largest sum raised by camping.

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