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AMAZING ASHLEY: St Albans schoolboy sleeps in a tent for a year to raise money for charity

 Published on: 14th February 2022   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A St Albans schoolboy has been braving the elements for almost a year as he sleeps outside in support of charity.

Ashley Owens, 12, who goes to Beaumont School, has been sleeping in a tent since March 28, 2021, in aid of charity Paws2Rescue.

Over the past year Ashley has braved temperatures as low as minus seven all in support of the charity who helps care for and rehome stray dogs.

Speaking about he stays determined even when the weather is wet and windy, Ashley said: “When I first camped outside, the windy nights scared me. I was afraid of the tent blowing over and because the wind was so loud, I had difficulty sleeping. 

“I wanted to come indoors, but then I would think about the dogs and how they are struggling. Somehow it made me feel connected to them. And now I am just used to the wind howling around – I actually find it soothing!”

His mum, Emma Owens, told StAlbansNews, that she is so proud of Ashley who is determined to continue sleeping outside beyond the year mark.

She said: “He’s not intending to stop at the year, he just wants to carry on as long as there’s dogs out there who need rescuing.

“When he’s out there and it’s stormy he understands what it’s like for the dogs who are abandoned and he feels closer to them.”

“We are very proud, we think he’s amazing to keep on going. We couldn’t believe it when it was a month and now it’s nearly a year.”

You can donate to Ashley’s mission here. 

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1 Comment

  1. Shirley Jenkins February 24th, 2022, 12:48 pm

    God bless you Ashley. You are one caring little man. Wish other people were like you. Stay safe sweetheart ❤

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