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Alan Barnes Looking To Move To Shetland Islands After A ‘Calling From God’

July 29, 2015

Disabled pensioner Alan Barnes is planning to leave Tyneside for the Shetland Islands.

The 67-year-old has put his Gateshead home on the market just three months after buying the terraced house, with cash donated by well-wishers.

And Alan is hoping to make a fresh start off the Scottish coast doing work for the church.

The committed Christian said he made the decision to sell his Low Fell home after getting a “calling” from God.

He said: “I have had a calling from God to go to the Shetland Islands. I’m hoping to do some youth work there. It came to me whilst I was praying.

“I’m very open to the Holy Spirit. I have never been to Shetland before but when you get a calling from God you can’t ignore it. I have just got a strong feeling that’s where I need to be.”

Alan became a household name earlier this year after he was targeted by would-be mugger Richard Gatiss.

The 4ft pensioner, who has suffered from height and growth problems since birth, suffered a broken collar bone when the legal-high user pushed him to the ground as he moved his wheelie bin in January.

And after we told how Alan was too afraid to return to his bungalow, in Low Fell, local beautician Katie Cutler set up an online fundraising drive to help support the victim as he looked for a new home.

Alan’s plight touched hearts across the UK and generous well-wishers donated a staggering £330,000 in a matter of weeks.

Alan used half the money to buy a two-bedroom terraced house, which he paid £150,000 for in April.

After he told admitted in May that he was struggling to settle in his new home, we teamed-up with the Sunday Mirror to give the pad a luxury makeover.

But Alan is now keen to make a fresh start, with the house now on the market for £155,000.

“Whenever anyone stops and talks to me all they ask is how am I settling in,” he said. “But I’d much rather talk about my Christian faith. If the house sells quick I’ll just rent somewhere.

“It’s really exciting. I could just stay here but I’m not going to ignore the call from God.”

Since helping Alan, Katie, of Greenside, Gateshead, has set up her own charity called the Katie Cutler Foundation, for which Alan is an ambassador.

Gatiss, of Split Crow Road in Gateshead, was jailed for four years at Newcastle Crown Court after admitting assault with intent to rob.

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  1. July 29, 2015 4:08 pm

    Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

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