Alan Barnes, the 67-year-old who was attacked outside Gateshead home, says the woman who helped raise more that £220 thousand to help him move home will always be a friend.
21-year-old Katie Cutler set up a fund raising which originally had a target of just £500.
Mr Barnes said: "I have just met her [Katie] but she will be my friend for life."
Alan Barnes, the Gateshead man who was a victim of an assault which shocked the country, said today that his attacker should be punished.
Richard Gatiss has a "drugs background" and was taking legal highs when he attacked the pensioner from Gateshead.
A second fundraising page has been set up for Alan Barnes, but it's thought it could be fake. £329k was raised for him after a mugging.