Alan Barnes was taking his bins out when he was attacked and mugged in the street.
The 67 year-old suffered from a broken collarbone, and says the attack has made him very nervous.
When Katie Cutler, a local beautician, heard about the story she set up a fundraising site to help Alan Barnes.
Alan is disabled; having been was born with a sight and growth disorder, standing at 4ft and 6inches.
The site originally aimed to raise £500 for the pensioner, however in four days the site managed to raise over £275,000.
Alan met with Miss Cutler who said the moment was ‘absolutely magic,’ she has been dubbed as the ‘Angel of the North.’
He said to the Daily Mail: ‘The youth of today don’t always get portrayed in a positive light, but I won’t ever forget what this young woman has done for me. This is the best thing that has ever happened to me.
‘I always knew there were good people in the world, and this has confirmed it.’
He is unsure how he will spend the money as yet, but he has speculated he might buy himself a house.