Max Woosey won the Spirit of Adventure Award (Picture: Rachael Woosey).
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Max Woosey won the Spirit of Adventure award and two veterans won regional fundraising awards.

Max Woosey won the Spirit of Adventure Award (Picture: Rachael Woosey).

Three awards at last night's Pride of Britain Awards went to those with links to the Armed Forces.

The awards celebrate people across Britain for their selflessness, courage and compassion.

The ceremony was hosted by Ashley Banjo from dance troupe Diversity and broadcaster Carol Vorderman, having been hosted virtually last year to do Coronavirus restrictions.

Max Woosey

Son of Royal Marine, 11-year-old Max Woosey took home the Spirit of Adventure Award.

Max, from North Devon spent more than 500 nights sleeping under canvas, raising £640,000 for his local hospice.

The fundraising idea started when neighbour and family friend Rick Abbott was terminally ill with cancer and gave Max a tent, telling him to "go have an adventure".

When Rick passed away, Max decided to do a sponsored camp out to raise money for the hospice which had cared for his friend in his final weeks.

In March 2020, Max, also known as 'The Boy In The Tent ' set himself the target of sleeping in the tent until the end of lockdown, and hoped he might raise £100.

Over 18 months later, he is still on his fundraising mission.

At 8pm each night, the 11-year-old puts on his pyjamas, collects up his teddies, the Beano and his torch, says goodnight to his parents and makes his way to the garden.

WATCH: Max's 'Camp Out' fundraiser for local hospice.

The marathon camper has now been sleeping outdoors for more than 500 nights, braving sub-zero frosts, heatwaves, and even Storm Bella.

The £640,000 he has raised for North Devon Hospice is enough to pay for 15 community nurses and cover more than half the hospice’s estimated losses due to the pandemic.

Max has also inspired thousands of other children to take part in Max’s Big Camp Out which raised awareness of children’s mental health, and said: “It makes me so happy to know I’m helping other people.

"There was a time the tent collapsed and it was soaking and I was tired and I came in and started crying, but I went back out."

On winning his award he said: "I am so honoured to win a Pride of Britain Award.

"I have loved almost every minute of it.

"I never thought I would win such an award, after all I am just sleeping."

Mark Ormrod Thoughtful Credit Mark Ormrod
Triple amputee veteran Mark Ormrod won a regional fundraiser award (Picture: Mark Ormrod).

Max’s mother, Rachael said: "No matter how awful the weather is he goes out night after night and will not give up.

"It has been an incredible 18 months, he has shown true grit and determination and winning a Pride of Britain award is the absolute cherry on the cake.

"It just goes to show what children can achieve if we listen to them and let them have a go."

Pride of Britain also have regional fundraiser awards; two of which went to military veterans.

Mark Ormrod

One went to Mark Ormrod, a triple amputee veteran from Plymouth after raising nearly half a million pounds for charity.

The former Royal Marine is a trustee of Reorg, which supports veterans, serving military and emergency services physically and mentally.

He has taken part in events such as a sponsored beard shave, a 5km run and a sea swim from Drake's Island back to Devil's Point in Plymouth.

WATCH: Mark Ormrod smashes fundraising target.

Mark Harding

The other went to Mark Harding, who served with the Duke of Lancaster Regiment.

He was shot through the neck in 2010 while serving as a soldier in Afghanistan.

The bullet shattered his spinal cord, leaving him paralysed.

Mark was told he would never walk again but after months in a military hospital, he walked out on crutches, and has been taking on endurance challenges ever since to push himself further, raising thousands of pounds for good causes.

In the last year he 'rowed the Atlantic' in his garden for the NHS, canoed 97 miles round the Cheshire ring, 'rowed' from Carlisle to Calais and completed the Coast to Coast Walk - the first paraplegic ever to do so.