Miracle for mugged disabled man

Written By komlim puldel on Minggu, 01 Februari 2015 | 23.08

Victim ... disabled pensioner Alan Barnes, 67, was attacked outside his home. Picture: ITV Tyne Tees Source: Supplied

WHEN a severely disabled pensioner was mugged outside his home, his neighbour felt compelled to act.

Alan Barnes, who is visually impaired and weighs just 38kgs, was knocked to the ground as he put his bins out on January 25.

The 67-year-old British man was left with a broken collarbone and was too afraid to return home.

Shocked at the disgusting attack, 21-year-old neighbour Katie Culter set up a fund to help Barnes.

She expected to raise just 500 British pounds ($967). Instead, the Alan Barnes Fund on website GoFundMe has now passed 211,800 British pounds ($387,000) with donations coming in from around the world.

"I was absolutely amazed at that, I didn't expect anything like that. I haven't really thought about what to spend it on because I didn't expect anything," Barnes told The Mirror.

"I won't be wasting it and I'll use on somewhere else to live."

Alan, who is just 137cm tall, is currently living with his sister because he doesn't feel safe at home.

Fundraiser ... more than 200,000 pounds has been raised for Alan Barnes. Picture: GoFundMe/Alan Barnes Fund Source: Supplied

Barnes, who was born with a number of defects after his mother contracted German Measles while pregnant, said he was grateful to Cutler for setting up the fund.

"I'm really grateful and a thank you doesn't seem to be enough for how I feel," he said.

"I've heard of people getting get well cards but not this."

The experience has also been overwhelming for Cutler.

"I had just put my daughter to bed when I came across Alan's story on Wednesday night and I was really upset by what I had read," the beautician said, according to Mail Online.

"Alan obviously can't defend himself and he must have been so afraid. He comes across as such a quiet, timid, man and I can't imagine how this must have affected him.

"I wanted to do something to help so I went online to set up a fundraising page. I had heard that he was too afraid to go back to his old house so I thought raising a few hundred pound might help him to find somewhere new."

Caring ... neighbour Katie Cutler set up the online donation page. Picture: BBC Source: Supplied

The young mum said she was "lost for words" at the huge outpouring of support for her elderly neighbour.

"It doesn't feel real, I'm so over the moon," Cutler said.

"I think now he could probably buy a nice little bungalow for himself with a nice little garden.

"Also I've had people contact me with regards to donating kitchens, bathrooms, carpets, offering plumbing services and electrical services so I think he is going to have a nice place to live."

Police say they are searching for the alleged attacker.


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