A British pensioner who has received more than £270,000 ($550,000) in donations after he was mugged has personally thanked the fundraiser.

Alan Barnes, who is frail and visually impaired, suffered a broken collarbone when he was shoved over outside his home in Gateshead just over a week ago.

The 67-year-old met beautician Katie Cutler, who set up the donation page on GoFundMe with a target of £500 after seeing reports of the attack.

She presented him with chocolates and a card, and he told the 21-year-old she would be a friend for life. "I've heard of fundraising for charities but I've only got a fractured collarbone, I didn't expect that sort of response," he told the BBC.

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"Thank you doesn't really seem to answer it, does it?" Barnes has lived with disabilities after his mother contracted German measles when she was pregnant.