AN astonishing €20,000 has been raised for maimed artist Alexandra Trotsenko ahead of a charity auction tomorrow.
Liveline broadcaster Joe Duffy told the Herald that public response to appeals for help for the artist had been "overwhelming".
He said the Irish people had again shown their compassion for those who suffer deeply, while Alexandra added that she had been "touched" by the kindness.
The auction in Dublin seeks to raise funds for surgery for Alexandra (39) whose fingers were cut off by a burglar. Alexandra, a talented Russian artist living in Ireland with her Irish husband, was attacked in her apartment in Finglas.
The intruder, John Kenny, was jailed for 16 years for the attack in which he hacked off three fingers of her right hand and left her for dead.
Already, some €20,000 has been donated to a Bank of Ireland account set up by Liveline. It is hoped the auction, promoted by Joe Duffy and the Liveline team, will raise enough money for her to have surgery on her hand to give her the chance to draw and paint again.
The broadcaster told the Herald: "The reaction has been overwhelming. The attack was so catastrophic but now it has proved again that people are extremely decent in Ireland.
"Artists from all over Ireland have donated works for the auction at Adams showrooms in Blackrock. There are wonderful items with modest estimates.
"We hope the 200 lots might match the €20,000 already raised and it would be great if we could hit the €50,000 mark.
"The money will give Alexandra more options in getting treatment. She is still in pain and she also suffered other serious injuries." And Alexandra said: "I am very touched by the Irish public's kindness and the incredible generosity of the Irish artists. I can't wait to have my hand back, I have so much I want to do."
The bank details are Bank of Ireland Liveline -- the account number is 70546818, and the sort code is 90-13-51.