World famous graphic novelist Alan Moore has made a generous donation of £10,000 to help reunite a Northampton man with his foreign-born wife.
Mr Moore has donated the money to Graham Cousins, who has been told by the immigration service he needs to have a certain amount of money in his bank account before his wife Paula is allowed to live with him in the UK.
After meeting online, Mr Cousins, aged 60, married his wife, aged 40, at the Guildhall in Northampton in December 2012.
Paula, who is from Mozambique, returned to her home country three weeks before her six-month visa expired and the couple expected they would be able to be reunited soon afterwards.
However, three years later Mr Cousins, who lives in Abington, said he was despairing with the Government’s immigrations rules, which state that, as he earns under £18,500 a year, he must have £62,500 in his bank account before his wife can join him in the UK.
Thanks to Mr Moore’s gift of £10,000, as well as other private donations, Mr Cousins now has the required amount.
Mr Cousins said: “We are a genuine couple and I don’t know why the Government is doing this.
“It has been three years now and we are both on the verge of nervous breakdowns.
“Alan Moore has been a great help and I wouldn’t have been able to do all this without him. I have also been overwhelmed by the support of people in Northampton.”
In a letter explaining his actions, Mr Moore says he is donating £10,000 due to his “continuing incredulous disgust over the manner in which Mr Cousins and his wife Paula have been kept separate for what is now a number of years”.
He states: “In my first communication on this matter, in January 2014, I found it difficult to suppose that there wasn’t some unpleasant racial issue at the heart of the continual rejections.
“Now, after witnessing two intervening years of what seems to me like deliberate goalpost-moving regarding the amount Mr Cousins is expected to have in his bank account before his wife can enter the country, I am led to ask if the official cash amount demanded on those making an appeal is, simply, “more than they can afford”?
“And I ask again, if the basis for this is not racism, would somebody be kind enough to explain what this reasoning is actually based on?
“This is, in my opinion, a shameful way to run an immigration service. The monetary gift is made in the hope that it may contribute to breaking this wretched and inexplicable deadlock.”