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Our good hearted people find different ways to raise money for us. Talented Ian Rowlinson, who owns Eagle Ink Tattoo Studio Durham in Gilesgate, Durham, has used his artistry and prowess with the needle to raise £535 for St Cuthbert’s Hospice. He asked people to pay a £20 donation to get a pink cancer ribbon etched on to their skin. Ian didn’t make a penny from the exercise. All the money handed over went to us to pay for services we offer people in this community.
Ian got inks and needles donated from suppliers. So we thank them, too.
All the money he made from the venture including some additional donations was in memory of Lynn Pearson, who very sadly died recently in the hospice. You may remember the story we did about Lynn and loving husband Matt a few weeks ago when they enjoyed a surprise silver service dinner here at the hospice.
Matt, who was visiting staff here at the hospice today, said: “Ian is a family friend and what he has done in memory of Lynn is absolutely fantastic. It’s his own business and he gave up two days. 
“I think it shows how widely loved Lynn was, not just by her family but by her friends, too.”
Ian’s big cheque was gratefully accepted by senior nurse Ann Cooke and lead health care assistant Tracy Allen.
Ian’s efforts show how deep the ties are in our community. He said: “My wife Catherine worked with Lynn and cancer is a big thing in my family. But it just felt great to do this for Lynn. It was something different and I must thank my customers for taking part in this.”
Ian says that giving up two days’ work for St Cuthbert’s Hospice was very rewarding. He will do it again next year.
Thanks Ian, Thanks everyone who got tattooed. As well as pictures of the cheque presentation, we have got shots of Ian giving himself the commemorative tattoo.

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