Tattoo fans made their mark for charity when they raised £1,200 for a good cause.
Customers and staff at the Dragon’s Den Tattoo Studio in Coronation Street, Blackpool took part in a raffle to help Trinity Hospice.
Tattoo artist Przemyslaw ‘Shamak’ Malachowski (pictured) said the idea had come from the customers who had wanted to make a difference.
He said: “There were a few of my friends and customers who had had cancer or knew someone with cancer who had been at the hospice. They wanted to help.
“Some customers worked at the hospice and all this made us start thinking about the most precious things in life such as health which we take for granted. We all sometimes forget about “living every moment” when we are working to achieve material possessions.
“That started us thinking and we came up with the idea of a tattoo raffle.
“The winner was to get a full day’s tattooing with me on my day off. It would normally cost around £480 for a design which would be about the size of an A4 piece of paper.
“The customers were very keen and we sold half of the tickets in the first 24 hours.
“In the end 59 entered, I was quite surprised how popular it was.”
The draw was linked to the National Lottery draw numbers and the winning number chosen was 42.
Linzi Young, Trinity’s Head of Fundraising said: “What a lovely gesture – and a great illustration of how important the support of Fylde Coast business is to us here at the hospice.
“The money raised will go towards providing patient care and helps us in our never ending challenge to raise £5 million each and every year to keep our doors open 24/7.
“On behalf of all our staff and volunteers, a huge thank you to Dragon’s Den and everyone who contributed to this marvellous fundraising effort.”
Local businesses threw their weight behind the hospice earlier in the year when the annual Corporate Challenge raised over £60,000.
Linzi added: “Companies from across the Fylde Coast help us in so many ways – either with donations of money, with gifts in kind or with people power.
“Every single one makes a valuable difference to Trinity and Brian House.”