Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Meet the Sotheby's Worker Who Is Going, Going Mad Sleeping out for Year in an Oxfordshire Wood

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Meet the Sotheby's Worker Who Is Going, Going Mad Sleeping out for Year in an Oxfordshire Wood

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Byline: VALENTINE LOW

SOME time around midnight, when the rain was coming down in torrents, the lightning was flashing and water was beginning to get into the bottom of Hugh Sawyer's sleeping bag, most people would have decided to give up and go home.

Unfortunately for Mr Sawyer, he was home. While the rest of the country was tucked up safely in bed, he was in the middle of a wood in Oxfordshire, underneath a groundsheet beneath a beech tree. By night he is the wild man of the woods, living as close to nature as he can manage: by day he is one of the smooth young men who work for Sotheby's.

Mr Sawyer is a 32-year-old Oxford law graduate who is raising money for charity by living rough for a year while continuing to lead something of a normal life.

He started in the summer, when living out in the open might seem rather a jolly adventure: last night, however, when the woods outside the village of Lewknor got a drenching, he faced the stiffest test of his resolve so far. …

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