COOLEY man Leo Burns suceeded in raising over e1,000 for North Louth Hospice after undergoing a painful three-hour tatoo session in memory of the parents of his partner, Marian Murphy.
Leo, who is from Old Road, Bellurgan, recently donated a cheque for e1,035 to Maretta Callan and Iris Carr of North Louth Hospice after raising funds in memory of Patsy ‘Gemini’ Murphy and his wife, Maureen Murphy.
Sadly, Patsy from Seafield Lawns in Dundalk died of cancer before last Christmas. Shortly afterwards, Leo decided he wanted to raise money to thank North Louth Hospice for all they did for Patsy during his illness.
“Initially, I was going to try and do something more extreme. I was thinking of doing s skydive out of a helicopter in Croke Park wearing an Armagh football jersey,” he laughed.
“But I broke my leg so that was out so I came up with the idea of a tatoo. I came up with the design myself. Patsy was a magician and his stagename was Gemini so the design incorporates the word ‘Gemini’ and an ‘M’ for Maureen and two angel wings to signify that they are in heaven.
“I had wanted to get in down my spine but it would have been fairly complicated to try and do it so I got it done down my arm. It took three hours and was really painful. I had to take a break every hour.
Patsy added: “It was painful but worth it. At the start I had hoped to raise e500 so I was delighted that I raised double that amount.”
If anyone would like to make a donation to North Louth Hospice & Homecare Foundation contact 042-9328533.