Norwich man fulfils a London Eye dream thanks to donations after theft

Dan Barrett who was recently mugged sets off on a trip to London after a crowd funding page raised £

Dan Barrett who was recently mugged sets off on a trip to London after a crowd funding page raised £500. Pictured with, centre, Abellio Great Anglia media manager Lucy Wright and his carers, left, Hannah Rudderham-Baldwin and, right, Pixie Mobbs.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

He got the jolt of his life three months ago when someone stole his wallet when he was at a Norwich bus stop waiting for a ride home.

Daniel Barrett at the London Eye

Daniel Barrett at the London Eye - Credit: Archant

But yesterday, wheelchair user Daniel Barrett was feeling top of the world.

Mr Barrett made a trip to London to take in the sights and go for a spin the London Eye – paid for by donations from well-wishers who heard about the theft.

The 37-year-old resident of John Grooms Court care home in Sprowston Road said: 'Going on the London Eye is something I have always wanted to do.

'It's great to have a day out.

Daniel Barrett with Hannah Rudderham-Baldwin at the London Eye

Daniel Barrett with Hannah Rudderham-Baldwin at the London Eye - Credit: Archant


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'People from Norwich heard about [the theft] and they set up a JustGiving page for me.

'They asked me what I wanted to do with the money.

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'I just want to say thank you to the people who have raised all the money for me.'

Mr Barrett received about £800 in donations after the theft.

As well as the London trip, he is also planning to go on a holiday with the money.

Two of the John Grooms Court's carers, Pixie Mobbs and Hannah Rudderham-Baldwin, went along to London with Mr Barrett.

As well as the London Eye, the group also enjoyed a river taxi cruise and watched the street performers at Covent Garden.

Police described the crime, which happened at around 8.50pm on April 11 at CD bus stop, as 'sickening'.

The thief first asked Mr Barrett for money, but when he was refused he reached into Mr Barrett's jacket and took his wallet before walking off.

The wallet contained a £10 note and a couple of pound coins, as well as his bus pass.

Mr Barrett said: 'I was shaken with shock.

'I hope it doesn't happen to anyone else and if it did I would help them as well.'

Abellio Greater Anglia provided Mr Barrett and his carers with first-class tickets for the trip.

An Abellio spokesperson said: 'We were very sad to hear what happened to Dan – nobody should ever have to go through what he has been through.

'We are happy to provide complimentary rail travel to London for Dan, Pixie and Hannah, and we hope they enjoyed their day.'

Do you have a story about a fundraising effort? Email stuart.anderson@archant.co.uk

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