There has been outrage after a woman who helped raise £330,000 for disabled man ,got offered £10 by the same man, to clear her debt. Katie Cutler has hit out at online trolls who abused Alan Barnes after he offered to pay £10 towards her legal costs.
Mum-of-one Katie set up a fundraising page for the vulnerable pensioner after he was assaulted outside his home in Low Fell, Gateshead.Donations flooded in from around the world forAlan - who is registered blind - after he was left with a broken collarbone while taking his bins out.
Katie is now locked in a bitter legal battle with Claire Barber, the Northumberland-based PR who offered to help raise the profile of Katie’s charitable foundation set up after Alan’s attack in January 2015, for £550 a day.Katie is being threatened with bailiffs after being landed with a £6,687 PR bill.
Speaking to the Chronicle Live, Alan offered to give Katie £10.This sparked a furious reaction online from trolls who launched a tirade of abuse at Alan.Katie has stepped in to urge people to lay off the disabled mugging victim.
“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.“And he does not deserve this abuse. He is a vulnerable adult - I have been brought up around vulnerable adults - and the abuse is not nice.”
Alan, has suggested that the bill could be paid by fundraisers.
“I would suggest that someone sets up a small fund to raise money to pay for Katie’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, Alan 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 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.”