‘Drawing blood for blood’ in Devon Freewheelers fundraiser

Emily Davis of Silver Street tattoos in Ottery with the new design. Ref sho 1469-30-15TI. Picture: T

Emily Davis of Silver Street tattoos in Ottery with the new design. Ref sho 1469-30-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

A pair of tattooists will be holding a unique fundraising event to help a cause that is close to their hearts.

Emily Davis and Stewart Lucas, of Silver Street Tattoos, will be offering people the chance to be inked with a special design and their blood type to raise money for and awareness of Devon Freewheelers.

The ‘Blood for Blood’ event will take place at the tattoo parlour next Saturday, August 1, from 11.30am, where people over the age of 18 can pay £10 to have the unique design created by Emily.

They will be donating all proceeds to the charity – which provides emergency vehicle drivers to support the NHS in delivering essential blood, samples, medication and supplies.

Emily said: “The idea is that we are doing £10 tattoos for a little design that has a blood drop and your blood type.

“Stewart had an undisclosed blood disorder and has had to be transfused a number of times, so we know just how important this sort of service is.

“We found out about the Freewheelers and thought it is an absolutely fantastic idea.

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“We were shocked to hear they get no government funding as they provide an essential service, so we are more than happy to do as much for them as we can. We also love motorbikes - so it’s a charity that’s particularly relevant for us.

“It’s people like them who save the lives of people like Stewart.”

Emily added that the duo will have lots of information about how people can donate blood available on the day and one of the Freewheelers’ volunteer drivers should also be in attendance.

Anyone who does not want a tattoo but wants to find out more, or donate to the cause, can drop into Silver Street Tattoos, call 01404 758162, or contact the business via Facebook or Twitter.

No appointment is necessary and only people over the age of 18 can be tattooed.

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