A tattoo artist who read a Lancashire Telegraph article about a little boy who was diagnosed with cancer opened his studio at the weekend to raise money for his cause.

Lee Moore, who runs Moore Ink tattoo studio in Clayton-le-Moors, held the charity tattooing event on Sunday, and offered ink-lovers the chance to get a tattoo designed by his apprentice for £50.

All proceeds were donated to a Go Fund Me page that was set up by the auntie of six-year-old Harrison Aspden from Darwen, who was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer in December.

Mr Moore said: “I don’t know Harrison or his family, but I got a message asking if I could help his family out by donating a voucher.

“I do that a lot for charity as it is, and was happy to help, but when I read the story about him I wanted to help more, so I arranged the tattooing event.”

Mr Moore opened his studio at 9am on Sunday and managed to raise £560 for the Go Fund Me page.

He added: “We managed to raise £560.

“The tattoos we did were £50 each but one person paid an extra £10, which was nice.

“The designs were all done by my apprentice Ricky Gudgeon.”

Harrison started feeling unwell just before Christmas.

Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph in the New Year, Harrison’s Auntie, Sophie Parsons, said he had become lethargic, was eating very little and began to lose weight.

Doctors believed the St Cuthbert’s Primary School pupil’s symptoms were consistent with a viral infection.

However over Christmas Harrison didn’t improve so his family took him to Royal Blackburn Hospital, before he was sent to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital over fears he had a form of cancer.

He was then diagnosed with b-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which only affects around 80 children in the UK a year.

To donate visit gofundme.com and search ‘please help Harrison and his family’.