Sunday, 1 February 2015

£500 Fund Raiser For Pensioner Mugged Outside His Own Home Rises To Over £210,000

Around 16,615 kind hearted strangers have raised over  £210,000 cash after hearing about the attack on Alan Barnes, 67, outside his home in Low Fell, Gateshead, last Sunday.

Mr Barnes, who has lived with disabilities from birth after his mother contracted German measles during pregnancy, was shoved to the ground during the attack and suffered a broken collarbone.

Local beautician Katie Cutler, 21, set up the GoFundMe page after seeing reports of the attack, aiming to raise £500 after hearing that Mr Barnes was too afraid to return home after the attack.

But now, more than £210,000 has been raised to help Mr Barnes, who is only 4ft 6ins tall and visually impaired.

Ms Cutler: ‘I was so upset that anyone could target a disabled pensioner and be so cruel.

‘We can’t take away what has happened but with a little donation we can make the future a prettier one and help towards the cost of his new home. Thank you all.’

Rupert Stocks, who donated money on the site, wrote: ‘Moments like this in life really make me happy. There are bad people in this world, people that wouldn’t think twice on abusing a vulnerable man. But as this shows, those people are engulfed by good, caring and loving people that stand against these morals.’

Mr Barnes is a well-known figure in Low Fell, and is renowned for being able to rapidly calculate how many days old someone is from their date of birth.

Speaking of his gratitude at the public’s generosity, he said: ‘It is just amazing, a simple thank you doesn’t cover it.

‘I was shocked when my sister showed me the figure, it was very hard to actually comprehend what was happening. It was a total surprise and I can’t believe the generosity being shown.

‘It was an incredible reaction from the public and it’s putting the North East on the map and shows the community spirit that we have here.

‘There wouldn’t be enough words for me to thank Katie, I’m blown away.’

Another donor James Dillon wrote:

This is such a nice gesture for Mr Barnes, it's great to see that there are still some decent people out there offering their support. We are fast becoming a rare breed. I wish Mr Barnes all the best for the future, and of course well done to Katie.

At the latest count, the page had raised £214,982.

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