Little Alaw's marathon charity event proves a big success

Published date: 05 December 2013 |
Published by: Geraint Jones 
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A CAERNARFON charity event inspired by a little girl with leukaemia was hailed a great success.

The tattoo marathon at Black Dragon Tattoo Studio raised around £3,000, as participants had an anchored design by six year old Alaw Haf Griffiths tattooed onto their bodies.

Alaw’s auntie Ffion Hughes, who organised the event, thanked the businesses who donated refreshments and items for the charity auction, in aid of Alder Hey Hospital on Merseyside.

She added: “Alaw’s parents Nia and Sion were overwhelmed by the response - it so was busy.

“Alaw sat with the tattoo artists all night - she was fascinated by it, and she felt very special.”

Alaw, of Llanwnda, was diagnosed was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in June, after the Ysgol Bontnewydd pupil turned yellow overnight, had nosebleeds and a swollen abdomen as well as other symptoms.

The cancer is in remission, but Alaw is undergoing four months of intensive, and faces another two years of treatment.

Ffion added that the family planned to use some of the funds to give Alaw’s fellow patients a day out.

Josephine Dafis, of Black Dragon Tattoo Studio, thanked participants who collected sponsor money and donated £20 to have the tattoo.

She said: “It’s been a real community thing - all of Caernarfon has pulled together.
“We’re all happy that we have raised all that money, but seeing Alaw happy was the greatest gift of the evening.

“She is such a lovely humble girl; it was a really beautiful night and everyone had a good time.”

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