Alan barnes

Fund To Help Attacked Disabled Pensioner Passes £200K

On January 25 Alan Barnes, A disabled 67-year-old man was attacked and robbed outside his home in Gateshead, England. Mr Barnes, who is only 4’6″ tall was battered and knocked to the ground by a vicious thug and sustained a broken collar-bone. Mr Barnes is visually impaired and the BBC reports that he has lived with disabilities since birth after his mother contracted German Measles [Rubella] whilst she was pregnant. The cowardly attack left Mr Barnes too frightened to return to his home.

The Independent reports that 21-year-old Katie Cutler, who lives nearby, was so shocked by the news that she set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to help him find a new home. Ms Cutler set out to raise £500 [$750] to help Mr Barnes to locate to a new home. Amazingly news of Mr Barnes plight spread like wildfire and kind-hearted people from across the world donated to the fund. In just three days the fund has passed £200,000 [$300k]

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Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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