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 Katieβs charitable foundation set up after Alanβs 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 Alanβs 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.β
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 Katieβs PR.
Itβs not a big amount and I think a lot of people would actually like to do that for Katie. Iβm quite happy to put just a small donation in because I donβt want to show off.β
When asked how much he was willing to donate, Alan said: A small amount to me is £10 or something.β
He added: Itβs easy for people to say βheβs got a lot of money, cough upβ 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.β