A woman has kicked off a year fundraising for Alzheimer’s Research UK by having the Ghostbusters logo tattooed onto her wrist to raise sponsorship for the charity.
Melissa Grantham, 27, invited people to donate £5 and she would have a design tattooed onto her body decided by the winning donor in a draw.
Melissa, who grew up in Hemel Hempstead, picked the deciding name out of a pink bobble hat late last month and then had the tattoo done.
Melissa and her partner Laura have pledged to raise £3,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK in the next 12 months.
They plan to take part in the Bupa Great South Run in October, followed by the Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon next March.
Melissa is hoping to make it a hat-trick of runs if she secures a place in next year’s Virgin London Marathon.
They are fundraising after Melissa’s grandmother Carol was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease two years ago, aged 67.
Melissa said: “After Granddad died, Nan’s behaviour changed and everyone thought it was grief but after many trips to the doctors she was finally diagnosed with dementia.
“I was working abroad when it happened so my mum and aunty dealt with everything. Her diagnosis has opened my eyes to the fact that dementia research is so underfunded.
“My nan now lives in a care home where she receives the specialist help that she needs but it is devastating to know that there is nothing we can do to make her better.
“I don’t get to see Nan as much as I would like as I work full time and am studying for a degree, so this is my way of doing something to help.
“I want to raise as much money as possible for Alzheimer’s Research UK by taking part in the three runs and a month ago I came up with the tattoo idea to generate some interest in what we are doing.
“I only asked for £5 donations but a couple of people gave £50 each and out of 26 donations the tattoo alone has raised £280!”