George Anderson said the tattoo he had drawn on his body for a sick little girl is his most memorable to date.
George agreed to have a ‘blind tattoo’ drawn on his body to raise money for five year-old Merryn Lacy, who has stage four Neuroblastoma - an aggressive childhood cancer of the nervous system.
Merryn is from Bray in Co. Wicklow but her mother, Jenny, is from Derry.
George, who up until last Saturday, had 34 tattoos on his body, agreed to let Merryn design a tattoo and as long as people donated enough money he would have the tattoo drawn on his body.
“I had no idea what the tattoo was going to look like until the tattoo artist, Andy Moore, was finished.
“I was expecting it to be a pink pony or something like that but instead it’s a little green lizard drawn by Merryn. I absolutely love it. It’s tattoo number 35 but it’s easily my most favourite.”
Merryn and her dad, Michael, were in Tattoo Studio 76 in Clooney Terrace on Saturday to offer George support and cheer him on.
“Merryn’s parents, Michael and Jenny, were very thankful for what I had done but it’s absolutely nothing when you consider what little Merryn is going through,” he said.
“Merryn is very young so her parents had to explain to her that the tattoo would remain on my left calf forever. I think when Merryn realised what that meant, she was impressed,” he smiled.
“Merryn is currently receiving treatment but if she was to relapse or if it didn’t work then she might have to go for treatment in Germany and the USA and that could end up costing as much as £500,000.
“I am happy that I was able to do something to help Merryn and her family. I have currently raised €780, if I could get past €800 by Christmas, I would be over the moon.
“I can’t thank people enough for donating. It’s a really good cause.
“I am delighted with the tattoo and the wee green lizard is something I will cherish forever,” said Waterside man, George.
If you would like to donate to help little Merryn Lacy visit www.merrynlacy.com or to donate to George Anderson’s ‘blind tattoo’ event go to http://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/31956_georges-100-quid-in-100-days-for-merryn.html