Charity tattoo pledge for brave toddler
CHEF Abbi King has pledged to get a tattoo of her workplace’s logo if enough money is raised to help a brave toddler on the other side of the world.
Three-year-old Lachie Carlton lives in Australia and is the grandson of Ian and Kirsty Carlton, the owners of The Bell Inn, Evercreech. He has been diagnosed with a brain tumour and is undergoing radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Mrs Carlton said: “He’s doing very well; he’s a very lively little boy.
“He was diagnosed a few weeks ago and is having radiotherapy daily for six weeks and then will have chemotherapy for four to six months.”
Miss King has worked at the pub for 13 years and said she wanted to do something to help the Carltons in Australia: “I’m raising money to help the family with things like car parking – it costs them about £30 a day and they’re part of the family.
“If I reach £500 I’m going to have this tattoo done which is quite funny but quite serious.
“I wanted to help anyway but I’m a chef so it’s hard for me to do fundraising in that normal way like I can’t climb a mountain. I like tattoos and I have some silly ones already – it’s me."
Miss King said all funds raised will go to Lachie and his family, and she will pay for the tattoo herself.
Mrs Carlton said: “A lot of people said they’d like to do something to let them know they’re thinking about them.
“People are so kind; I’m absolutely amazed by the good wishes and kind thoughts. There’s so much support, people being caring.
“It’s nice to do something good and this is a very Abbi gesture, and a very much appreciated gesture.
“It seems slightly off the wall but if you know Abbi it’s not, she’s a very well known, good hearted girl.”
There is a collection box in the pub, or donations can be sent to The Bell Inn, Bruton Road, Evercreech, Somerset, BA4 6HY. Cheques can be made payable to Abbi King.
For more information or to show support, visit www.facebook.com/pages/Lets-Support-Lachie.