Beautician Katie Cutler who raised more than £330,000 in a bid to help frail pensioner Alan Barnes move home after he was attacked by a cowardly thug on his own doorstep has had an emotional first meeting with him.
Katie , 21, was so touched when she read about the plight of the diminutive 67-year-old, who was born with sight and growth problems and weighs just six stone, that she set up a fundraising page.
But Alan, of Low Fell, Gateshead, was left completely overwhelmed after mum Katie's target of just £500 was smashed as the amount spireld into the hundreds of thousands.
The pair embraced as they met for the very first time at Alan's sister's home in Benton, Newcastle, where he is currently staying as he is too afraid to go home.
In emotional scenes tearful Katie enveloped Alan in her arms and then held his hand as they sat beside each other on the sofa and chatted.
Concerned Katie asked Alan how his injuries were healing and presented him with some chocolates and a get-well card.
Alan, who is only just over four feet tall after his mother contracted measles during pregnancy, said: "It was absolutely magic to see her.
"I did not know what to expect or if she would even want to meet me. It is very hard to take in. It really is great to have seen her and I am so grateful for the last few days.