People often go the extra mile for charities and do some pretty unusual things.
But one brave Braes teenager is taking his fundraising promise a little further.
Robert Marshall, who has survived bone cancer in his left leg, wants a tattoo to raise cash for the Teenage Cancer Trust and will go under the pen to get inked by his pal, Scott Mitchell, who owns the Deadstar tattoo parlour in Kincardine.
The 18-year-old, from Avonbridge, will get a tattoo representing the cancer charity in memory of the support he has been given as he fought his life-threatening condition.
He also hopes to raise money to help the charity’s work.
“Having cancer is a very difficult thing to face, but the Teenage Cancer Trust was amazing right from the start,” said Robert.
“Getting a tattoo for charity is a bit out of the ordinary, but I really want to help the trust as much as I can. It will also be a permanent reminder of a very hard and important period of my life.”
Robert will get the tattoo, which will be designed by Scott, at Deadstar’s shop in Kincardine’s High Street on March 1.
Scott said: “We thought it would be an interesting way to raise awareness and money. I never really understood what having cancer meant until Robert told me how it had affected him.Hopefully we’ll make a lot of money for the trust.
“It’s one of many reasons people get tattoos, to remember important chapters in their lives.”
A sponsorship day will take place in the Deadstar shop on Tuesday, March 1. For more information contact Scott on 07540 755 808.
Robert’s family and friends have set up a charity, CarMar Charity Fundraisers, to help the Teenage Cancer Trust and have organised a massive night of entertainment taking place at Larbert’s Dobbie Hall on Saturday, February 25.
Top of the bill is Bags of Rock which features former Red Hot Chilli Pipers guitarist, Gregor ‘G-Man’ James.
Mum Carole said: “As a family we would like to thank everyone for their generous support in giving back to the Teenage Cancer Trust. During Robert’s treatment in the Beatsons Unit the nurses in Ward B4 were, as they say, ‘supernurses’, giving 100 per cent care and support to Robert as well as the family, helping us through a horrendous ordeal.
She added: “All the acts are doing it for free, giving up their time for us. We have also had a lot of generous donations of raffle prizes from the public and from businesses. We are very grateful. It will be a great night.”
Carole also said there could be a very special guest appearance on the night, but was staying tight-lipped on who it was.
Acts include local band Sunset Stereo, Acoustics of Rock, comedians Keara Murphy and Martin Bearne, magicians Peter Kinney and Colin MacKenzie. Radio DJ Lynne Hoggan will host the night.
Wellbread Catering (Linlithgow), and Falkirk’s Catering Creations and Crusts are supplying the buffet at the night, which will run from 7 p.m. - 1 a.m. For information visit www.carmar.co.uk or its Facebook page.