Melton carers’ tattoo tributes to Manchester bomb victims

Tattooist and shop owner Chris Greaves with Egerton Lodge staff who had Manchester Bee tattoos done at the Cre8tive Ink studio in Melton to raise money for the appeal following the recent terrorist bombing EMN-170626-125242001
Tattooist and shop owner Chris Greaves with Egerton Lodge staff who had Manchester Bee tattoos done at the Cre8tive Ink studio in Melton to raise money for the appeal following the recent terrorist bombing EMN-170626-125242001

Carers at a Melton nursing home have raised hundreds of pounds for families of those killed and injured in the bomb attack at a Manchester music concert by having supportive tattoos done.

Staff at Egerton Lodge Residential Home were moved by the incident which saw 22 people killed and 250 injured when a terrorist detonated a bomb last month.

A dozen employees decided to have a ‘Manchester bee’ - a symbol of the fundraising campaign in the wake of the Manchester Arena atrocity - tattoed on their bodies to raise money for the appeal.

They were inked at the Cre8tive Ink parlour, in The Mall in Nottingham Street, with the shop donating the £268 raised.

One of the staff who took part, Wendy Piesley, said: “It was the first time some of the staff had ever had a tattoo but everyone was really pleased with their bees.

“I am proud to work with such a kind hearted care team at Egerton Lodge and the bee tattoo symbolises the busy workers we are.

“We hope our little gesture and contribution will help.”

Mary McGuire, another employee, said: “It hurt but I am glad I had it done.

“It will be a constant reminder of the awful terror attack in Manchester and that we are all united against terrorism, whatever your faith or religion.

John Clifford was one of those who had a tattoo done for the first time.

He said: “I am glad my first tattoo was a tribute to the lives lost in Manchester.”

Stuart Blyth, who was having his first tattoo in seven years, said: “I love Manchester, it is an amazing city.

“Mancunians are so warm and welcoming and they have incredible spirit.

“So I wanted to pay tribute to them and the victims of the bomb attack.”