Braden Collins, a schoolboy from St Mary’s Loch in the Scottish Borders, has just completed a challenge to spend a whole year sleeping in a tent.
Ten-year-old Braden wanted to raise money for Diabetes UK and decided to commit to a year of sleeping out to achieve his goal. He camped in the back garden last year on his Mum’s birthday, and hasn’t slept in the house since.
Challenge in a tent
Braden said: “I felt like camping for a whole year in May last year. I have slept outside every night, through snow, gales, and storms. My tent has been to Maxton, Lockerbie, St Neots, Worcester, Eastbourne, Southampton and Hayling Island.
Maisie, my dog, usually slept in the tent with me. I have kept a diary to record my achievement too which you can soon read.
I think it will be nice to raise some money for Diabetes UK as Dad has diabetes.”
The unique challenge has received media attention from all over the UK including the BBC, the Sun and the Daily Star, and today Braden and his family were interviewed on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
Kirsteen Murray, Diabetes UK Interim National Director in Scotland, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to Braden and his family for their amazing support for Diabetes UK.
"This year long challenge of sleeping outside every single night through snow, gales and storms is an extraordinary achievement."
Every penny raised will help the 3.6 million people who have been diagnosed with diabetes in the UK, lead long, full and healthy lives.”
Braden's is still fundraising if anyone would like to help him smash his target.