Pensioner fund soars towards £200k

Published: Sunday 1st February 2015 by The News Editor

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Donations for a 4ft 6in frail and visually impaired pensioner who was mugged outside his home are nearing £200,000.

Around 14,000 well-wishers have raised the cash in just over two days after hearing about the cowardly attack on Alan Barnes, 67, outside his home in Low Fell, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, on Sunday.

Mr Barnes, who has lived with disabilities from birth after his mother contracted German measles when she was pregnant, broke his collarbone when he was shoved over.

The attacker demanded money and checked through his victim’s pockets but ran off when Mr Barnes called for help.

Beautician Katie Cutler set up the Help Alan Barnes online donation page on the Go Fund Me site after seeing reports of the attack which police described as “disgraceful”.

Donations came flooding in to the site – at – smashing the original £500 fundraising target after well-wishers were told that Mr Barnes is too afraid to return home.

Ms Cutler wrote: “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.”

Well-wisher Sara Phillips wrote on the site: “Wow have reached over the £100.000 mark…This is amazing 🙂 well done Katie cutler for setting this up and to all the lovely amazing people for donating. I keep checking back to see how much it’s gone up and it keeps shooting up every time 🙂 hope Alan gets better soon and overcomes this horrible ordeal and we’ve showed him that there are more good than bad people in this world. Take care Alan wishing you happiness and all the best for the future xxx”.

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

Published: Sunday 1st February 2015 by The News Editor

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