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Norwich tattoo studio Inkaddiction raises hundreds for Macmillan Cancer Support

PUBLISHED: 12:08 15 November 2013 | UPDATED: 12:08 15 November 2013

Ink addiction tattoo studio holding a cancer charity fundraising weekend. From right: Dennis Greer, Ross Woodbine, Keiron Bullen and Jamie Gibbons. Photo: Bill Smith

Ink addiction tattoo studio holding a cancer charity fundraising weekend. From right: Dennis Greer, Ross Woodbine, Keiron Bullen and Jamie Gibbons. Photo: Bill Smith

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In memory of his grandad and in support of cancer nurses, a tattoo studio owner from Norwich has raised hundreds of pounds for charity.

Keiron Bullen, of InkAddiction, on Wensum Street, organised a cancer ribbon tattoo event to fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support.

It comes following the death of his granddad, Arnold Bullen, who died nearly five years ago.

Mr Bullen said it was the first hand experience of seeing the support Macmillan nurses gave his granddad which made him want to support the cause.

He said: “The whole family was so grateful for their help. Macmillan was so supportive.”

Mr Bullen, who opened the city centre studio four years ago, praised his team for helping with the organisation of the event and for working during it.

Together they raised more than £300.

“A lot of the team has close connections with cancer unfortunately,” he said. “We did not realise what an emotional thing we were tackling until that weekend.

“It was quite a hard weekend as lots of people had lots of stories to tell.

“It really was a team effort.”

Mr Bullen said a variety of different cancer ribbons were tattooed but the pink ribbon - raising awareness of breast cancer - was the one which was picked the most.

The team tattooed around 60 people during the weekend and £5 from each tattoo will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

This is the second fundraiser the team has organised. Last year they raised money by tattooing moustaches for Movember where, during November each year, men grow moustaches around the world to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health.

The team is now planning next year’s fundraiser.

This year’s charity event took place on November 9-10.

• Are you organising an event to raise money for charity? Contact reporter Donna-Louise Bishop on 01603 693892, email donna-louise.bishop@archant.co.uk or follow on Twitter @donnaloubishop.

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