My name is Freddie Owen and I’m 10 years old. I live in Surrey with my Mum, my Dad, my older sister Emily and our puppy, Pippa.
What has been your journey so far?
So far I have slept in a tent outside In my back garden since 27th March 2020, so for one year and ten days and have raised £21,400. I have no plans of moving back into my bedroom.
What have been the biggest obstacles you have encountered?
So far the hardest bit was storm Aiden at the end of October 2020. My tent was destroyed by the wind. I woke up at about 5am with wet tent fabric across my face. I struggled to find my way out, as the tent was wrapped around a garden structure. My biggest concern was where would I sleep the next night??
Who encouraged you to find courage and determination in the tough times?
At the start of the first lockdown it was just a bit of fun. However in the autumn I heard of Marcus Rashford and his campaign to help hungry children. I didn’t know so many children didn’t have enough food to eat, and that was the spark that really lit my fire.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you so far?
No matter what size, skin colour or gender you are you all have the same rights and you can all make a difference.
What is your dream adventure?
I would love to go to the bahamas and sleep in a hammock cooking over an open fire, snorkelling with the swimming pigs and explore the islands.