Disabled pensioner offers £10 to help woman who raised £330,000 for him after he was mugged
Disabled pensioner offers £10 to help woman who raised £330,000 for him after he was mugged

Mugging victim Alan Barnes has said he would contribute about £10(749 Indian Rupee) towards paying off the debts of a woman who helped raise more than £330,000(24697935.64 Indian Rupee) for him.

Barnes, 68, who is disabled and 4ft 6in, was attacked outside his home in Gateshead in January 2015, breaking his collarbone.

Following the assault, Katie Cutler, a beautician, set up an online fundraising page, which attracted donations from across the world. The eventual sum raised enabled Barnes to buy a new house.
Ms Cutler, 21, was awarded a British Empire Medal for her fundraising – but is now being taken to the small claims court by a PR company over an allegedly unpaid bill of £6,687(500469 Indian Rupee).
Barnes said: "I would suggest that someone sets up a small fund to raise money to pay for Miss Cutler's PR".

"It's not a big amount and I think a lot of people would actually like to do that for Katie. I'm quite happy to put just a small donation in because I don't want to show off."

When asked how much he was willing to donate, Mr Barnes said: "A small amount to me is £10 or something."

He added: "It's easy for people to say 'he's got a lot of money, cough up' but you've got to look into all the alternatives.

"It might seem hard but if I start handing it out, other people might ask for money. It was given to me on the understanding that I use it for myself.

"A lot of people just want it to stay with me."
Cutler defended Barnes’s offer telling the Mirror: "I do not think Alan should have to pay anything. Like me, he did not sign anything.

"A lot of people think he should have paid that bill because things in that relate to him.

If you go out for a meal, the richest person does not have to foot the bill. I feel strongly about this.

"The money raised was Alan’s and that money was for him - it should stay with him. He can do what he wants with it.”
Barnes has said he will live off the money left over after the purchase of his house and donate any remaining funds to charity upon his death.
Barnes’ offer has drawn criticism with many voicing their opinions on social
The online fund was set up by Cutler, a 22-year-old local beautician, who initially hoped to raise £500 - enough to buy new carpets or curtains.

But the appeal went viral and Barnes’ family called a halt to it when the total reached £330,000.

Richard Gatiss, who attacked Barnes, was sentenced to four years in prison at Newcastle crown court in April 2015, having previously admitted assault with intent to rob.


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