On Sunday 16 February, a Bedford tattoo parlour will be hosting a fun day with a difference to help one of their staff members as she undergoes treatment for cancer.
Keely Freeman is a freelance tattoo artist at Evermore Tattoo Parlour on Newnham Street. She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and has undergone treatment while continuing to work.
During the next stage of her treatment, Keely will have to rest from work, which will have a big impact on her life.
“Like a lot of people, Keely is self employed, which means no sick pay and she relies on being able to work,” said Evermore owner, Nick Barratt.
“If she can’t work, she can’t earn money, and recently that became a reality when she learned she had breast cancer.
“Keely has been an absolute inspiration through this entire experience, she’s handled everything that’s been thrown at her from scans to operations, changes in diet and lifestyle, even changes to her own appearance.
To help Keely out, the Evermore team are hosting a ‘flash for Keely day’ (#flashforkeely) from 12pm – 12am on Sunday 16 February.
Throughout the day, the six tattoo artists are offering a range of designs from £10 – £200 and will also be accepting signed-for cash donations on the day too.
“Every penny raised on the day will go directly to Keely to help her through the next stage of her recovery while she can’t work,” said Nick.
“We have a link on our facebook page ‘Evermore Tattoo Parlour‘ to a fundraiser where people can donate money if they would like to contribute but don’t fancy getting a new tattoo, or maybe tattoos just aren’t their thing.
“The event will be catered for by The Vardo, a fantastic new plant based cafe that has recently opened up on Pembroke Street and Bam Balm have been kind enough to donate loads of their amazing tattoo aftercare, so if people get tattooed they can pick up a tube of that for £8 on the day and again, all the proceeds will go straight to Keely.
“Keely is loved by many, and has been part of the Evermore family for a long time, we are all so moved by the incredible response so far and honestly can’t think of anyone more deserving of the all the love and support that’s being so kindly given.”