Tameside boosts charity drive for terror attack victims
Thursday 1st June 2017 @ 09:35 by Adam Higgins
News Tameside

A charity drive for the victims of the Manchester terror attack has created a massive buzz across the globe by raising more than £160,000.

Tameside tattooist Sam Barber said she was left devastated when she first heard about the appalling attack at the Manchester Arena, which claimed the lives of 22 people and left 120 injured.

So Sam came up with the idea of offering people the opportunity to have the Manchester Bee emblem tattooed on them for a donation, with every penny going to help the victims of the attack.

Sam said: “Being a tattoo artist I thought it was obviously one thing I could do to raise money for the victims and also give people something to show their respect and that they are proud to be part of this community.”

She set up The Manchester Tattoo Appeal offering to spend all last Sunday tattooing the bee on people as a symbol of hope, strength and lasting defiance.

The bee became a symbol of Manchester back in the 1800s representing the industriousness of the ‘worker bees’ of the city toiling in the cotton mills – with the mills known as beehives.

In return for the tattoo, Stalybridge-based Sam asked that each person donated £50 to her Just Giving Page.

All of the proceeds will go direct to all of the families affected by the terror attack.

Manchester tattoo artists were soon on board but as the buzz spread across social media, Sam appealed for more tattoo artists to get involved to meet an ever increasing demand, the result being that hundreds of artists across not only the UK, but the world answered the call – with artists across Europe and even in Canada taking part.

Charity effort: Rob Wilson and (main picture) Sam Barber applying tattoos

Closer to home one of those tattooists was Bob Wilson, who owns Inky Bobs Tattoo Studio on Greenside Lane in Droylsden.

Such was the demand for the bee tattoo on Sunday that he worked for an incredible 19 hours without stopping.

Bob had originally advertised that he was open for business from 10.30am to 8pm, but after arriving at his studio two hours early, he didn’t stop tattooing until 3am the following day.

In total, he inked 60 bees for £30 each, raising a fantastic £1,800.

“It was a really good day,” he said. “I was in the zone for most of it while I was doing the tattoos and the atmosphere in the studio was very upbeat. I’m delighted to have raised £1,800.”

Bob’s contribution has helped the The Manchester Tattoo crowdfunding appeal top £160,000.

If you would like to donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/manchestertattooappeal.

 

Photos by Adam Spencer Young