Woman diagnosed with breast cancer inspires 24 hour tattoo-athon to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support

Tattoo artist to hold 24 hour tattoo-athon after woman sets up fundraising campaign to help her sister who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Saturday, 1st February 2020, 9:00 am
Updated Thursday, 6th February 2020, 7:21 pm
Tattoo artist Barry Crake is to take on a 24 hour tattoathon for breast cancer sufferer Lindsey Roberts
Tattoo artist Barry Crake is to take on a 24 hour tattoathon for breast cancer sufferer Lindsey Roberts

Sam Roberts started a fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support, in honour of her 33-year-old sister Lindsey Roberts after she was diagnosed with breast cancer on November 6, 2019.

Sam says that Lindsey is always helping other people, and that it’s now time for someone to help her, Sam said: “She’s had to stop working and go on disability and she only gets £90 a week which isn't very much.

“She needs eight rounds of aggressive chemotherapy and then will need operations.

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Tattoo artist Barry Crake is to take on a 24 hour tattoathon for breast cancer sufferer Lindsey Roberts. Back from left 2nd tattooist Adam Hudson, sister Sam Roberts, volunteer John Hudson and partner Bob Stevenson

“She has worked her whole life and has never been on benefits.

“She does so much to help other people and I’ve been doing everything I can because I think it’s time someone helped her for a change.”

As part of the fundraising campaign, local businesses have come forward and offered donations to be used as prizes to be raffled off to the public, including Roker Rough House, Sparkles, Tesco, and local Sunderland tattoo artist Barry Crake, who gave a £200 voucher to be used in his studio Barry Crake Ink.

Sam said: “The support from local businesses and the donations we have received has been a god send.

A 24 hour tattoathon charity event for breast cancer sufferer Lindsey Roberts

“Lindsey is so overwhelmed by it all.”

Not long after Barry offered the £200 voucher, he got back in contact with the family and offered to do a 24 hour tattooathon.

Cosmetic tattoo artist, Barry Crake said: “We just want to raise as much money as we can.

“I think it’s important because people are suffering and there is no cure for cancer. It’s just nice to raise the funds and know that it’s going towards a good cause.”

Lindsey and Barry have designed a tattoo that says ‘strength’ which will be offered to members of the public for a fixed price of £25 with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The event will begin at 12pm on Tuesday, February 25 and end at 12pm on Wednesday, Febuary 26 at 21-22 Blanford Street, City of Sunderland.

Contact Sam to book your space on: 07464320687