A film-maker researching a documentary on homelessness was found dead in Newcastle. He had hoped to live like the homeless do and braved freezing temperatures to live like them.
“I am about to go and spend a week being homeless in the West End of Newcastle,” he said.
“I will sleep rough, scrounge for my food, access all the services that other homeless individuals in the West End use. I will interact with as many homeless people as possible and immerse myself in that lifestyle as deeply as I can.”
He said: “I hope that you perceive this to be a fearless approach to a story. “It certainly feels brave from where I’m sat right now.
“I am about to embark upon this documentary tomorrow morning. It has certainly caused a huge amount of trepidation amongst my family and friends who do think it is a brave thing to do. That is the impression I want to leave you with about my willingness to get to the heart of a story.”
It is believed that in his quest to live like the homeless that he died of hypothermia.
His last tweet was asking if a follower of his project could get him a sleeping bag. So if you know any service that gets clothes and sleeping materials to those who need it, do so. And support your shelters.