The online fund to help disabled pensioner Alan Barnes after he was mugged last week has been halted by his family, the woman who set it up has said. Over £329,000 has been raised for Alan after beautician Katie Cutler set up a fundraising page six days ago, she say his family are very grateful.
There will be a presentation in due course when a cheque will be handed over to the 4ft 6in visually-impaired 67-year-old.
Ms Cutler, 21, wrote on the Alan Barnes Fund page:
Police investigating an attempted robbery on disabled pensioner Alan Barnes just over a week ago have made a fresh appeal for information.
Mr Barnes was approached by another man who pushed him to the ground and demanded money on January 25. It happened at around 6.30pm on Hillside Place in Gateshead.
Mr Barnes, 67, suffered a broken collar bone. His disability means he is partially sighted and is just 4ft 6ins tall.
Police can be contacted on 101.
Alan Barnes, the pensioner who was said he didn't feel safe in his home after being viciously attacked by thugs, met the young woman who started an online donation page for him.
No predicted the £500 pounds she'd hoped to raise soaring to over a quarter of a million. Sejal Karia reports on the tears that were shed today
Donations to the fund set up for disabled pensioner Alan Barnes has passed a quarter of a million pound mark.
Earlier today, Barnes met Katie Cutler, a local 21-year-old who set up the web page to try and raise £500. He said he was overwhelmed by people's generosity.
Alan Barnes says he is absolutely amazed and overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity which has seen thousands donated to help him move home.
The 67-year-old says he is too sacred to return home after being attacked as he took the bins out.
Today he met with Katie Cutler, the local 21-year-old who set up web page to try to raise £500. That total is now more than £200 thousand.
Alan Barnes said he had only just met Katie Cutler but that she would be a friend for life. Watch the moment they met for the first time here.
A disabled pensioner left badly hurt after being attacked outside his home last week has met the woman who helped raised more than £220,000 on his behalf for the first time.
Beautician Katie Cutler, 21, set up the web page after hearing that 67-year-old Alan Barnes was too scared to return to his home following the attack, which happened as he took the bins out.
The total money raised by the website has now topped £220,000, thanks to more than 17,000 generous donors.
Mr Barnes told ITV Tyne Tees he was overwhelmed by the generosity he has been shown.
He said: "It's hard to think of the words to say what I feel for [Katie], how kind she was."
An online campaign to raise cash for a disabled pensioner has topped £160,000 - smashing the original target of just £500.
The GoFundMepage was set up by Katie Cutler, who took pity on 67-year-old Alan Barnes after hearing of his terror at returning home to Low Fell in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, where he was badly beaten up in an attempted robbery.
Mr Barnes was born with a number of disabilities, including visual impairments and stunted growth, after his mother contracted German measles during pregnancy.
He was knocked to the ground and threatened in the attack last week, which left him with a broken collar bone.
Ms Cutler set up the page to raise a few hundred pounds to help him in his search for new accommodation - but with donations of up to £1,000 a time flooding in over the past two days, the original target has been beaten many times over.
More than £100,000 has been raised to help relocate a visually impaired disabled pensioner who was left too scared to go home after being attacked near his home on Sunday.
An online campaign to raise money for 67-year-old Alan Barnes was set up earlier this week after he spoke out about his fears of returning to his house in Low Fell in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, after he was pushed to the ground and threatened during an attempted robbery.
The Help Alan Barnes online donation page has so far caught the attention of 7,724 donors and raised £100,085 to help with the pensioner's relocation costs.