Alan Barnes fund: Presentation ball to be held in Newcastle
Disabled mugging victim Alan Barnes is to receive more than £300,000 raised through online donations at a gala ball later this month.
The frail 67-year-old suffered a broken collar bone in an attack outside his Gateshead home on 25 January.
Beautician Katie Cutler launched an online fundraising campaign, which raised £330,135 in less than a week.
The event, which will be open to the public, will take place at Newcastle's Assembly Rooms on 13 February.
Ms Cutler originally hoped to raise £500 to buy Mr Barnes new carpets and curtains.
But the campaign quickly snowballed and attracted donations from almost 25,000 people from all over the world.
Ms Cutler said: "Next Friday we are hosting a presentation ball at the Assembly Rooms to present Alan with his cheque.
"The event is by invitation only, however we have 150 tickets on sale to the public for £10 each.
"If nothing else, everyone will be able to meet Alan and celebrate what is yet to be his new adventure."
She added: "Thank you again to everyone who has supported Alan and I, we've had a lifetime of lovely wishes in the space of a week and I can't explain in words how much that means to us both."
No-one has so far been arrested in connection with the attack, but a £5,000 reward has been offered for information leading to a conviction.