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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Carlisle man's cheeky way to raise cash

A Carlisle man has found a rather unusual way of raising money for charity – by getting a Skoda badge tattooed on his bottom.

Mark Richardson, a service adviser at Skoda Carlisle, created a Facebook page to allow all of his friends and family to suggest and vote for which design should be chosen.

The face of one of Mark’s friends was one of the front runners but the cost – and pain – would have been too much, so the Skoda badge was chosen instead.

All money raised will go towards the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

Mark, 23, of Kingfisher Park, said: “I wanted to do something that nobody has ever done before, so this fits the bill perfectly.

“Some people think I’m mad, but when they think about the cause it is for they can see why I’m doing it.

“My mum wasn’t sure about it at first but now she has donated a lot to the charity. My girlfriend is chuffed because it’s for a good cause.”

He is taking sponsorship donations and has already raised nearly £200 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

Mark said: “The Great North Air Ambulance is a really great cause. I am originally from Hayton and lots of other people from the village have a connection with the charity. I already have a tribal tattoo on my arm but this is completely different.”

Mark will get his tattoo at the Immortal Art Studio in Carlisle on December 7 at 3pm.

The studio has agreed to do the tattoo for free.

To donate to Mark, visit www.justgiving.com/Mark-Richardson16.

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