Published: September 26, 2010
Tattoo fundraiser in Burnham raises cash for Help For Heroes

A former Burnham-On-Sea soldier has raised hundreds of pounds for Help For Heroes by having the charity's logo tattooed onto his back.

David Keatley held the sponsored tattoo at Burnham's Inked Images tattoo shop in College Street on Saturday (September 25th).

Over £500 had been raised by Saturday morning, with further funding promised from generous sponsors.

David told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It makes me feel very sad when I watch the news or read newspapers seeing that another soldier has died or been injured whilst serving in Iraq or Afghanistan."

"Having family members currently serving in the armed forces, I would like nothing more than to raise money to help in providing support for wounded servicemen and women injured during the course of their duty."

Burnham tattoo artist Brendan Neale provided his services free for the event.

David said he was delighted with the final look of tattoo of the 'Help for Heroes' logo on his lower back.

"The logo comprises of an injured soldier being carried by two soldiers on a stretcher, with the words 'Help for Heroes' underneath and the medal to the side."

"I do have other tattoos already, but this one is the largest. It is 12 inches by four inches."

"Having lost friends at war, I want to help raise money for them and am unhappy that the government doesn't do more to help them."

The fundraiser was supported by David's partner, Dawn, who also sold home made cakes and collected money from passers-by during Saturday's event - as pictured here.

Burnham-On-Sea.com readers can still sponsor David by visiting his Just Giving web page here.

 


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