Friends vow to finish film Lee Halpin died making

The friends of an amateur filmmaker who died producing a documentary about homelessness have vowed to finish the film he started.

Lee Halpin was found dead in a derelict hostel in the west end of Newcastle, where he had been sleeping rough for the project - which was to form part of his application for a Channel 4 investigative journalism course.

His friend Abu Ali paid tribute to him: "He was an incredible guy. I really felt he was destined for big things - in fact, he was already doing them."

CEO Sleepout launch
Abu Ali posing in a sleeping bag at the launch of CEO Sleepout Credit: ITV

Ali has signed up to the CEO Sleepout - which encourages executives to spend a night on the streets for charity and to raise awareness of homelessness.

Some of the money he raises will be put towards completing Halpin's film.

He explained what the project means to him now, in the video below.

The first sleepout happened this year in Middlesbrough and raised £30,000 for homelessness charities. The next will happen on Tyneside in October.