A DECORATIVE piece of body art commemorating one of Britain’s worst sporting disasters carries a double meaning for Michael Kenyon.
The 31-year-old, who grew up in Worsley Hall, endured three hours of needlework at Diamond Tattoos in Ince for a tattoo created in memory to the Hillsborough disaster.
And as the tattoo was so significant, he decided to use it to raise money for The Braiden-Lee Prescott Appeal.
The father-of-two said: “I already have six tattoos and as soon as I saw the design I wanted to have it.
“As I am a Liverpool FC fan I wanted to do something in honour of the 96 people who died in the footballing disaster and with the size of the tattoo I thought I could raise money for Braiden.
“I want to help him so he can get more treatment.
“As I have two young children, aged three and one, so it is close to my heart and I would not want them to go through it.”
Michael, who moved to Bury three years ago, has raised £150 so far and hopes to gather more through his Facebook page - www.facebook.com/BRAIDENLEEPRESCOTT#!/mike.kenyon.792.
Meanwhile, other fund-raisers are planning events in aid of the appeal.
Braiden’s cousin, Natalie Prescott, is calling for people to join her and form a team for the Wigan 10k in September.
The event is the town’s first, with participants running for a variety of causes.Entry is £20.
Anyone interested in joining can visit www.facebook.com/BRAIDENLEEPRESCOTT or donate via www.justgiving.com/teams/teambraiden
And a charity fun night will be held at Sam’s Bar, in Church Street, Golborne, on Friday, May 3.
Entry is free on the door, with donations going to The Braiden-Lee Prescott Appeal.
The evening will include leg waxing, topless waiters, a buffet and raffle.
Braiden, three, of Leigh, is currently undergoing his second dose of chemotherapy at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, for neuroblastoma.
Braiden’s family had to raise £250,000 for pioneering treatment in America, which he was abandoned as it was not working.
They are now considering other therapies in Germany and still need funds.
Donate via www.justgiving.com/braiden-lee, or texting BRLE99 and an amount to 70070.