A PIONEERING tattoo removal charity has been given a £9,000 boost.
The Human Life Trust, set up by Barry Crake, has been given a grant of £9,298 from the Big Lottery Fund to buy computer equipment and maintain records and confidential files.
Mr Crake, 38, uses the latest cosmetic and tattoo removal procedures to help heal the physical and emotional scars of people like chemotherapy patients, injured soldiers, accident victims, or those whose lives have been ruined by tattoos they no longer want.
His charity, set up last year, aims to help underprivileged people with their appearance, boost their job prospects and get their lives back on track.
Mr Crake, who owns Bellissimo surgery, in Roker, Sunderland, said: “The Human Life Trust is now able to lay the foundations of our organisation’s IT infrastructure.
“We operate nationwide and, by using the funding from the Big Lottery Fund, we are able to centralise our operations and allow for the management of data to be both organised and safeguarded. We are dealing with hundreds of inquiries a month, often containing sensitive information which it is our responsibility to protect.
“This has been a great leap forward in allowing us to introduce modern practices with all the benefits of a comprehensive setup but with none of the drawbacks or costs involved with outsourcing.”
Mr Crake uses a special cream – called E-Raze – to remove the tattoos by injecting it into the etchings on the skin.
It works by drawing the ink to the surface before it scabs over and falls off.
James Turner, head of region for the Big Lottery Fun in the North East said: “I’m delighted that BIG is supporting The Human Life Trust at such an exciting time in its development.”
For more information about The Human Life Trust, call 0845 4750 480 or visit www.humanlifetrust.org.uk