Bideford tattoo studio opened its doors for a charity day to help raise funds for a severely disabled young girl.

Becky Carey gets tattooed by Gary Roberts at Roberts and Clarke Tattoo Studio in Bideford.Becky Carey gets tattooed by Gary Roberts at Roberts and Clarke Tattoo Studio in Bideford.

Dozens of people braved the ink and got tattoos on Friday to help an appeal for a poorly young Bideford girl.

Emily Carey, from Bideford, has a genetic condition so rare that it does not have a name, and is unable to sit, walk, talk or eat.

She suffers complex epilepsy and has been in and out of hospital since she was five weeks old.

Her family find it difficult to bathe Emily now she is getting older, and an appeal has been started to raise £12,000 for a special bathing facility.

On Friday, Roberts and Clarke Tattoo Studio in Bideford High Street ran a charity inking day, with designs for a minimum donation of £20.

People were queuing out of the door on Friday and some chemists in the town even sold out of numbing cream for those nervous about their inking.

In total, tattoo artists Gary Roberts and Jordan Clarke inked dozens of people and raised £1,260 towards Emily’s fund.

One of the brave customers was Emily’s mum, Becky, who took the plunge to get her first ever tattoo.

She opted for a butterfly with the epilepsy ribbon on the back of her neck.

Becky said: “I can’t believe how many people have come down here; it’s just unbelievable.

“We are so grateful to everyone and to the guys who have taken the time to tattoo everyone and raise this money.”

Donate to Emily’s fund at