A lasting mark of love and support for Joel

MHRA-13-03-12 Tattoo Mar40'Cancer Awareness Tattoo Day to raise money for Joel Richards is 4 years of age and has been diagnosed with a rare aggressive brain 'tumour. He has just had surgery to remove the brain tumour and is now facing a 'minimum of 15 months chemotherapy and sessions of 'radiotherapy.'' James Martin and Mel  Boyer are doing tattooed with cancer ribbons - all profits to Joel's family .''Pic of Mel and James who run the studio

MHRA-13-03-12 Tattoo Mar40'Cancer Awareness Tattoo Day to raise money for Joel Richards is 4 years of age and has been diagnosed with a rare aggressive brain 'tumour. He has just had surgery to remove the brain tumour and is now facing a 'minimum of 15 months chemotherapy and sessions of 'radiotherapy.'' James Martin and Mel Boyer are doing tattooed with cancer ribbons - all profits to Joel's family .''Pic of Mel and James who run the studio

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THE owners of a tattoo studio in Rugby have come up with a creative way to help a little boy in Rugby who has a rare aggressive brain tumour.

People are invited to get a cancer ribbon tattoo at Jekyll and Hyde for £25 in honour of four-year-old Joel Richards.

Studio owners James Martin and Mel Boyer have already had a lot of interest in the cancer awareness day taking place on Friday, March 23.

Mel said: “We’ve got lots of different cancer ribbons representing all the different cancers.

“When we heard about Joel, we knew we had to do something to help and this seemed like the perfect way to raise money.”

Joel has just had surgery to remove a brain tumour and is now facing a minimum of 15 months chemotherapy and sessions of radiotherapy.

His parents Lloyd and Karen, of Durrell Drive, said receiving the blow is every parent’s worst nightmare.

They said they have been overwhelmed by the support of friends, family and strangers who have been touched by their plight.

Joel, a pupil at Bilton Infant School, has medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumour which arises from nerve cells.

There is no known cause for the tumour and only 80 cases are diagnosed each year in the UK.

The medulloblastoma develops in the cerebellum, the part of the brain at the back of the head, responsible for balance and co-ordination.

The medulloblastoma can spread via the cerebrospinal fluid, which is why Joel has to return to hospital for a lumbar puncture soon to ascertain whether or not the cancer cells have spread.

Mel said: “We have already secured a donation of 24 cupcakes from Oooh Cake and 40 roses with lavender ribbons from Panda Pansies to sell on the day and we are holding a raffle and are appealing for businesses to help with prizes.”

Raffle tickets are already on sale at the studio and cost £1 each.

To see the colour wheel go to Jekyll & Hyde Tattoo Co, Church Street, Rugby, or visit on Facebook.

For more information, to book a time slot for your cancer tattoo or to donate raffle prizes telephone (01788) 570170.