Darren Smith's GOSH Tattoo Tribute
26th October 2010
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Darren is raising some much needed cash for Great Ormond Street Hospital he explains his inspiration for his fantastic fundraising below;

'My sons name is Jordan he is 7 years old and he was born with Bladder Exstrophy a very rare, congenital abnormality, there is no cure for this condition but it can be treated.

 It is a complex combination of disorders that affect the bladder, urethra, genitals and the pelvis. The bladder is essentially inside out and exposed to the outside of the body. When he was born it was a big shock to our family and took time for us to come to terms with because we were unaware he had the condition prior to his birth. To date he has endured 4 major surgeries and 2 minor ops with more to go.

I have decided its about time I helped to raise some money for Great Ormond street....they need to raise £50m each year to carry on the life saving work they do, without GOSH Jordan wouldn't be here so as a family we owe them a lot.

We attended this years  Great Ormond Street Pirates Adventure premier 2010  in Mallorca. Each year they select 5 patients and their families and while we were there, there was lots of talk about raising money for the hospital, marathons and the like...now I can't run a bath so I got to thinking about what I could do to help......

I realised that to make me stand out I would need and idea that was highly unusual and big!
Now as I am myself, highly unusual it didn't take me long to come up with and idea.
So I decided that I am gonna raise some money by getting a PIRATES / GOSH themed tattoo done as a tiny thank you to GOSH.

There is no cost involved in getting the tattoo done as I have been lucky enough to find a shop that is willing to do it with out charging me so every penny raised will go straight to the hospital.



Darren is looking for donations for this worthwhile cause. Please see the links below, and give as much as you can. GOSH is a internationally respected hospital, and treat children from all over the UK. Quite often cases that other hospitals can't treat either because of lack of facilities or expertise. I am living proof of their work, as I myself underwent heart surgery at 11 years old. Best of luck to Darren for his tattoo, and to Jordan for his continuing treatment.




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