A woman who set up a fund-raising page for a man who was mugged outside his home is to meet the victim later as donations top the £200k mark.
Alan Barnes, who is visually impaired, was left too afraid to return to his home in Low Fell, Gateshead, after the attack on 25 January.
Mr Barnes, 67, broke his collarbone when he was pushed to the ground.
Following reports of the attack, Katie Cutler set up the Help Alan Barnes online donation page on Go Fund Me.
Ms Cutler’s aim was to raise £500 but that was quickly passed and by noon on Saturday it had reached £100,000 and by 09:00 GMT on Sunday reached £203,360 with 15,740 donations.
The donations have come in from the UK, Canada, Holland and many other places around the world, with many praising Ms Cutler for setting up the page.
This is an extraordinary story… the scum that broke the 4ft 6inch frail victim couldn’t have possibly known or understood the lovely gesture by Ms Cutler…
Quite brought a tear to my old eyes…