A sea of green tattoos was seen in Mablethorpe on Saturday as 16 people braved ‘the needle’ to help launch a new support group.
Resident Ryan Frisby,30, has been living with behavioural problems and bipolar disorder for many years - but had no local support to turn to.
He devised the idea for a sponsored tattoo event, featuring a green ribbon to help raise funds for a new mental health support group for people on the coast called ‘Marbles’.
With over £1,000 raised from the event - and more funds yet to come in - Ryan is delighted with the response.
He says the new group will be up and running in September, in conjunction with Grimsby and Cleethorpes MIND, a mental health support network.
Ryan said: “The sponsored tattoo event went really well and went a lot better than I could have expected.
“I must say a massive thank you to the 16 individuals who came along to have their tattoos done for this cause, as well as the many people who came in and out to show their support on the day - it means so much.
“There is not enough support out there in Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea for people with mental health problems.
“I wanted to create a network where people like myself can go to talk, to be quiet, to have a cup of tea and not feel judged.”
Thanks to the funds raised from this event, the first session for the support group, which will be an informal meet and greet, will be taking place at The Coastal Centre in Victoria Road, Mablethorpe on Monday, September 14 from 11am-1pm.
Ryan added: “A big thank you goes out to Mayor Graham Cullen who also owns the Louth Hotel for all of his support, Paul and Pauline Reynolds of Biddel Bulldogs, Spencer and Lana Summers of Summers Enterprises, Spanish City and Family Amuzements Arcade, both based in Mablethorpe, Richard and Lyndsay at Arnolds Funeral Services in Sutton on Sea, James Rall of Sacred Enhancements and my wife Mel who helped to do all the tattoos on the day.
“Without all of their help and support, this event would never have been possible.”
Ryan explained that although the support group has been set up for people with mental health problems, it is also open to anyone who spends time looking after their ‘loved ones’.
He said they often lack support as well.
If you would like to find out more about the new mental health support group Marbles, please call Ryan on 07521 301618, or email; firstname.lastname@example.org.