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Man-in-a-box Terry Williams 'gutted' by donations

Terry Williams inside a 10ft (3m) steel shipping container Image copyright Terry Williams
Image caption The 57-year-old said he looks at a remembrance cross hanging on the shipping container wall, to remind him of why he is doing it

A Somerset man who has spent 11 days in a shipping container as part of an 18-day charity challenge said he was "gutted" by the "very poor" response.

Terry Williams, from Henstridge, has been in the 10ft (3m) steel box since 6 September in a bid to raise £80,000 for The Rifles' Care for Casualties appeal

The ex-serviceman is due to be released at 11:00 on 24 September but has so far only had 20 pledges totalling £1,468.

He said he was "gutted" by the response but was looking forward to exiting.

Locked inside the container, in Cheddar Woods holiday park, the former Light Infantry soldier has a bed, hob, sink, "baby bath" and toilet.

Image copyright Terry Williams
Image caption The 10ft (3m) steel box includes a "baby bath" for strip washing and a toilet plumbed into the main sewer

But being in solitary confinement in a "sweat box" with no daylight, has taken its toll on the 57-year-old.

"The challenge has turned out to be a lot tougher and more exhausting than I thought it would be and one that I would not like to repeat," he said.

"Being inside the box has tortured my senses and physically pounded my whole being."

A webcam has been streaming live images from inside the container, 24 hours a day, and there is internet access for people to post messages of support.

Mr Williams said: "The webcam has had a lot of viewers, about 3,000 hits, but sadly not encouraged people to donate.

"But my intention is to complete this challenge no matter if it gets harder over the coming days."

The 453-hour challenge, an hour for each British soldier killed in Afghanistan, is due to end at 11:00 on 24 September.

Image copyright Terry Williams
Image caption Mr Williams said he thought it would be "quite a shock" coming back into the real world on 24 September

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