A pair of 8-year-old twin boys from Mid Wales have been raising money for seriously ill children by sleeping out in a tent for seven nights.  

James and Owen Weston would ordinarily be tucked up in their cosy Montgomery home with their mum and dad, Claire and Mark, but after seeing 11-year-old Max Woosey’s camp out for a hospice local to him in Devon, which raised some £500,000, the boys were inspired to get out their camping gear and thought they could raise a little money for charity themselves.  

“They did some little camping 'holidays' in the garden during last year's lockdowns, but when they heard Max’s challenge they decided they would try to raise a little bit of money for a hospice which helps local children,” said mum Claire. 

“They initially planned to camp out for one night, coinciding with Max's Big Camp Out, then it became the weekend, then, having been delighted by the lovely support their fundraising received from family and friends, they challenged themselves to make it a whole week.” 

Bad weather

It hasn’t been all fair weather for the boys, who are pupils at Montgomery Church in Wales Primary School, with wind, rain and even hail coming down. 

“They’ve had a few nicer nights and a few tougher ones, but they were determined to stick to the challenge they set themselves, and had fun doing it too,” said Claire.  

“Hope House is an amazing local charity and it's lovely that the boys wanted to do something to support them, especially as this year has been so tough for charities.” 

Lynsey Kilvert, fundraiser, said: “It’s brilliant that James and Owen are supporting us and helping to raise money so we can be there for the seriously ill children and their families who need us the most.  

“We are proud to have such great supporters like James and Owen who will take inspiration and turn it into something which will raise some money for us.” 

If you would like to support James and Owen then they are accepting donations via their JustGiving Page.