Noddy organised a charity tattooing day at his Ludlow tattoo studio – and had shoppers queuing for the symbols of help for folks combating their psychological well being.
“We had folks aged from 18 to a girl aged 78 to get their semicolons,” stated Noddy, 38, who has run the studio in Valentine’s Stroll, Broad St, for the final two years.
“Some had them in hidden locations like their wrist and behind their ears, however others had them within the open to make them actual speaking factors.”
Noddy’s charity day in Might raised round £1,400 for Shropshire Psychological Well being Help with the inky efforts on the Craven Ink Tattoo Studio.
She says the lockdown has deeply affected a number of folks and even result in the tragedy of some taking their very own lives.
And he is talking from private expertise when he advises others to “speak to somebody”.
“I went to a really darkish patch about six years in the past and left my accomplice, however she rescued me,” he stated.
He added: “My recommendation could be for folks to speak, to talk to somebody. Don’t bottle it up, folks will pay attention.”
Noddy, who’s in his nineteenth 12 months as a tattooist, moved his enterprise to Ludlow from Craven Arms.
He stated: “They shaped a queue on the street to get their tattoos.
“It solely takes 10 minutes to do a semicolon however longer to sanitise afterwards so we had been right here from 10am to 8pm.”
The cash will go in direction of serving to develop Shropshire Psychological Well being Help’s providers within the county.
They need to encourage to get out and blend after lockdown and organise all types of teams, together with engaged on allotments.
Noddy is planning to carry one other fundraising occasion on September 20.