This Disabled Man Was Badly Beaten, So A Good Samaritan Helped Raise Over $450,000 To Get Him Well

What an incredible story.

After thieves left Alan Barnes badly battered, the 67-year-old was afraid to return to his home where the beating occurred. But thanks to a Good Samaritan and thousands of other supporters, he's able to buy a whole new one

Thieves attempted to rob Barnes while he rolled his trash bin outside of his house in Gateshead, England. They pushed him to the ground to check his pockets and fractured his collar bone before fleeing the scene. 

Barnes lives with disabilities as a result of the rubella, or German measles, his mother contracted while he was in the womb.

Touched by Barnes' story, 21-year-old beautician Katie Cutler set up a GoFundMe page to help him pay for a new place to live, The Independent reports. She didn't know him personally.

"I just wanted to help," Cutler told The Independent. "I thought I would set up a little fund because I've got lots of clients and friends on Facebook to donate."

In five days, the donation amount surpassed £300,000, or approximately $450,000.


The BBC reports that donations have come in from not just Europe, but Canada, the United States, and even New Zealand. 

Barnes is beside himself.

"I didn't expect that sort of response," he told the BBC News. "Thank you doesn't really seem to answer it, does it?"

With the thugs still on the loose, Barnes will stay with his sister. But thanks to the kindness of others, he won't have to return to his old home again. 

"I won't be wasting it and I'll use on somewhere else to live," he told U.K.-based paper, Chronicle Live.

(H/T: BuzzFeed)


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