Derry man to get tattoo to help little Merryn

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Little five year-old girl, Merryn Lacy, began to fight for her life last year.

It was during a family holiday in England when Merryn started to complain about having a sore tummy. As soon as the family returned home to Ireland they took Merryn to their local GP, Temple Street Accident and Emergency ward and then soon after she was admitted to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.

Little Merryn Lacy at a 'One Direction' concert earlier this year.

Little Merryn Lacy at a 'One Direction' concert earlier this year.

After several tests, Merryn was diagnosed with High Risk Neuroblastoma. Since that time she has received treatment and her family has done all they can to raise awareness and raise much needed funs.

Merryn was born and lives near Bray in Co. Wicklow but her mother, Jenny, is originally from Derry.

Derry man, George Anderson, has decided to help Merryn in her fight. On Saturday November 29, George will receive a ‘blind tattoo’.

“I won’t know what the tattoo is or what it looks like until it’s done,” smiled George.

“Merryn has designed the tattoo and pink is her favourite colour so I am expecting there to be plenty of pink in the tattoo.”

George’s brother is married to Merryn’s mum’s sister.

“I know Jenny [Merryn’s mum] from growing up in Derry - we were around the same age.

“Then obviously my brother is Merryn’s uncle so I wanted to do something to help.”

The ‘blind tattoo’ is not the first time George has raised money for Merryn and her family.

Recently he took part in a charity cycle from Derry to Dunfanaghy which collectively raised in excess £20,000.

“The reason I am doing this is because I have a wee girl myself and the last thing I would want is for her to be going through the pain little Merryn is going through.

“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.”

George is no stranger to tattoos. He has has over 100 hours of tattoo work done to his body but he said the one for the Merryn will be the most worthwhile.

“If it helps Merryn and her family then it’ll be a tattoo like no other,” he said smiling.

If you would like to donate to help little Merryn Lacy visit www.merrynlacy.com or to donate to George Anderson’s ‘blind tattoo go to http://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/31956_georges-100-quid-in-100-days-for-merryn.html