Fundraising campaign hopes to give disabled victim of Norwich bus stop theft a day out

Danny Barrett, who has cerebral palsy, was robbed while waiting at a bus stop in Castle Meadow. Pict

Danny Barrett, who has cerebral palsy, was robbed while waiting at a bus stop in Castle Meadow. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

People across the region were shocked when a wheelchair-bound man with cerebral palsy had his wallet stolen.

Danny Barrett, who has cerebral palsy, was robbed while waiting at a bus stop in Castle Meadow. Pict

Danny Barrett, who has cerebral palsy, was robbed while waiting at a bus stop in Castle Meadow. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

In an attempt to lift his spirits and remind him of the kind nature of people, a fundraising page was set up.

Penny Brown, who created the page, hoped to raise £200.

But donations poured in and the total has now reached £250.

Danny Barrett, 36, from Sprowston Road, was 'shaken with shock' after a man stole his wallet out of his coat and walked off in Castle Meadow on April 11.


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But he was pleasantly surprised to find out what people had been doing in the aftermath of his ordeal.

He said: 'That's brilliant – thank you very much.'

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On the JustGiving page, Ms Brown said: 'I just cannot believe how anyone could have done this to him. I was hoping we could raise enough money for him to have a day out with a friend.'

Mr Barrett has not been put off going out after the incident and is determined to continue going out and about in Norwich.

He said on Saturday: 'I have been out with a friend today.

'I think using the money for a trip is a nice idea. It would be nice to have a trip out to Great Yarmouth or somewhere on the coast.'

Nineteen people have given what they can and many have offered words of encouragement.

Johnathon Byrne said: 'Have a drink on me Danny, have an awesome day out. Just remember not all people are bad.'

An anonymous donor added: 'Sorry you had such an awful experience, Danny. Hope the police catch the awful person responsible. Hope a lot more money is raised and you have a great day out.'

The theft happened at around 8.50pm, when Mr Barrett was heading home to the John Grooms Court care home, on Sprowston Road.

The man approached him and initially asked for money, before making off with Mr Barrett's wallet containing £10 which he saved for emergencies.

The black, leather wallet – which has sentimental value – also had a couple of pound coins and a bus pass.

Police have appealed for witnesses, as it is believed many people were in the Castle Meadow area at the time.

PC Michael Pearce called the crime 'sickening' carried out by a 'callous thief'.

Anyone with information about last week's incident should contact PC Pearce at Bethel Street Police Station on 101.

Visit the website https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/penny-brown to donate to the fund for Mr Barrett

Do you know somebody who has helped to raise money for a worthwhile cause? Email jemma.walker@archant.co.uk with the details

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