Nipple piercing to rack up cash

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A HOSPITAL fundraising drive to help breast cancer patients is set to receive a wacky boost – by encouraging people to get their NIPPLES pierced.

The Touch of Pink appeal has joined forces with city tattoo and piercing parlour Bloodline Ink, which they have promptly re-christened Bloodline P’ink.

And from May 18 it will be running a two-week breast cancer promotion, with £5 of the cost of each nipple piercing being donated to the appeal.

The first week will be females only and the second devoted to males.

“This is brilliant,” said Touch of Pink fundraiser Karen Phillips, who is a hospital theatre nurse and anaesthetics practitioner.

“It is totally unique and we have never had such an event for MKGH. We strive to promote equality, diversity and good feeling about our local hospital as well as raising funds and awareness for the Touch of Pink appeal, and I feel Bloodline Ink is doing just that.”

Karen is particularly pleased about the male nipple piercing offer.“It highlights that men can and do get breast cancer too,” she said.

Conniburrow-based Bloodline Ink is also urging people to have a breast cancer related tattoo during the offer period and will donate 50 per cent of the proceeds to the appeal

The parlour’s promotion ends with a Big Pink finale party on June 1, when attractions on offer include sponsored leg waxing and sponsored hair or beard dyeing.

Meanwhile, on a more homely note, dozens of people are cooking up ideas for the Touch of Pink Bake Off taking place throughout this month.

Budding bakers are urged to organise their own home-made cake sales at work, home or school and donate the profits to the £80,000 appeal, which aims to buy a new X-ray machine for the hospital’s breast cancer care unit.

For a Touch of Pink fundraising pack email fundraising@mkhospital.nhs.uk or call MK 826690.