Following tremendous support from the online community, disabled pensioner Alan Barnes has been able to purchase his own home after he was brutally attacked in Low Fell in January.
Mr Barnes was moving his wheelie bin outside his home when Richard Gatiss assaulted him, breaking the 67 year old’s collar bone in the process. Gatiss has since been sentenced to 4 years in prison for the callous attack.
After hearing of the attack, Katie Cutler decided to set up an online donation page with the hope of raising money so that Alan could move to a new place. The 21 year old beautician had initially only hoped to raise £500 but a huge sum of £330,135 was eventually collected on behalf of Alan.
The generosity shown by all the people who donated money has allowed him to purchase his very own home in Low Fell, an area which he has lived in all of his life.
He hopes to use the rest of the money to set up a charitable foundation alongside Katie Cutler, with the aim of helping young people.
This truly was an international effort – with donations coming from all over the world.
A sad story with a happy ending.