Disabled pensioner Alan Barnes, 67, was pushing his bin outside his home in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, on January 25, when he was attacked and pushed to the ground by an attacker and suffered a broken collar bone.
Following the assault, a 21-year-old beautician Katie Cutler, also from Gateshead, was so moved by the cowardly attack on Mr Barnes that she set up an online donation page which in a very short space of time generated three hundred and thirty thousand one hundred and thirty five pounds – all donated by well wishers.
Mr Barnes, who has suffered from sight and growth problems since birth, said he was overwhelmed by the response from all those across the globe who have donated and since the attack he and Katie have become good friends.
I photographed an event yesterday afternoon for Getty Images held at the Assembly Rooms in Newcastle where Mr Barnes was formally presented with the cheque for the raised sum of money by Katie. Below are a selection of pictures from the event.
Pictures from this set were used here…
NB: The second image in the Daily Mirror gallery link above has an incorrect byline. It should read ‘Owen Humphreys/Press Association‘ as that one is his shot.
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