A Borders schoolboy is set to complete a challenge to waste a whole time sleep in a tent.
Braden Collins, 10, wanted to raise money for the kindnes Diabetes UK.
After enjoying investing the nighttime in his back plot last-place May following his mother’s birthday defendant, he dedicated to keep it up for a full 365 days.
Despite the harshness of the climate at his house on the banks of St Mary’s Loch in the Scottish Metes, he will reach his destination this weekend.
Over the past year, Braden has run with his family for holidays in countries of the south of England – but he took his tent with him and camped out in their back garden-varieties, accompanied by his baby puppy Maisie.
On Saturday he will differentiate his “One Year Campaversary” with a special rendezvou of family and friends at his home in the heart of the Yarrow Valley.
Braden read: “I felt like camping for a whole time last-place May.
“I have slept outside every night through snowfall, tornadoes and storms.
“One time, my tent blew down and I thought it was 7.30 am so I proceeded inside and started doing my homework. Then I realised it was only 3.30 am.”
Braden said he wanted to raise money for Diabetes UK “because my papa has diabetes and I please he didn’t”.
His mother Claire Collins, 44, said she was proud of her son’s achievement of perseverance, although she had reservations at first.
She read: “I had a party for my birthday on 27 May last year and we had quite a full house so Braden, who was nine at the time, and his older brother Eden thought it would be a good idea to pitch up their tent and camp out for the nighttime in the plot.
“It was lovely summer climate and Braden slept so well and enjoyed the experience so much that he told me he wanted to do it again the next night.
“After a week, he told us he was determined to waste a whole time camping out.”
She said that both she and her husband Paul had been “naturally sceptical” but he had proved them wrong.
‘Strength of character’
“Every bedtime, he goes out to his tent with his head flashlight, his hot water bottle, his toy dog Alan and his real puppy – our young Border Terrier Maisie – who sleeps out with him, ” she said.
“In the morning he comes in for his breakfast and goes ready for school.
“He seems to take it all in his stride and has never formerly said he didn’t wishes to camp out, even during the cold darkness of winter.”
To mark Braden’s achievement – and Claire’s 45 th birthday – their own families is supporting “states parties ” on Saturday night.
“Paul and I are so proud of Braden, ” she read. “It indicates great strength of character to brave something like this for so long, without any complaints.
“In our eyes he’s a bit superstar.”