A SOUTHAMPTON tattoo artist is launching a particular charity day to lift funds for a terminally in poor health lady who goals of visiting Nashville.
Ben Coomber is a resident artist at BJ’s Tattoo Studio on Bridge Highway in Woolston, which is owned by his buddy Barry Johnson.
The pair have recognized one another since Ben was simply 14-years-old after his dad popped in to get a tattoo on the outlets opening day 22 years in the past.
Final 12 months, Barry’s spouse Lucy was recognized with grade 4 glioblastoma, an aggressive most cancers on the mind, throughout July.
Ben informed the Every day Echo: “I used to be devastated, [Lucy] was not even 40 but, and with Barry simply 50 they have been nonetheless so younger with a lot life to reside.
“I felt so ineffective with Covid restrictions I simply wished to drive there right away give him a hug and present my love and help as they’ve finished for me over time.
“A few years in the past my dad sadly handed they usually have been unimaginable nothing is ever to a lot for them.
“Additionally after shedding my mum to most cancers after I was 11 I knew simply how necessary having somebody there for you is.”
Lucy, mom to 17-year-old Tiana, talked about how she dreamed of visiting Nashville for the nation music.
“So long as I can keep in mind they’ve cherished their nation music. I imply they gained’t thoughts me telling you they even have the cowboy boots and hats for once they go to gigs,” Ben stated.
In a bid to indicate his love and help, Ben has organised a charity tattoo day on December 4 on the store to lift funds to assist fulfil Lucy’s dream journey.
Ben can be tattooing individuals from 9am with a alternative of pre-drawn flash tattoos obtainable from £40 to £80.
No reserving is required and all the cash raised will go to Lucy and Barry to pay for travel insurance coverage prices which on account of her being so in poor health are extremely excessive. He hopes to lift £4,000.
The occasion is open to anybody aged 18-years-old and over and there may even be sweets and cake.
Ben stated he’ll “tattoo all day till there’s nobody left to tattoo”, including that he may even don some fancy gown.
Barry took half in a charity bike trip together with his mates for mind tumour most cancers and was capable of increase £7,000.
“To me that simply exhibits how sort and selfless they’re as a household,” stated Ben.
“That is why it’s so necessary to me they’re my household and I really like them.
“Barry has given me a lot alternative and nice life recommendation over time, I’ll do something I can to provide them valuable recollections that can final them a life time, simply as somebody had finished for me after I was youthful.
“That is one thing I would like for them as I really feel they actually deserve it and know simply how necessary it’s.”
To donate, go to www.gofundme.com/f/trying-to-give-lucy-her-dream-nashville-trip