Thousands see couple’s tattoo tribute to baby

Michelle Norman and her partner Mark French from Southsea with the tattoo Mark had drawn which is a homage to their baby son Jacob who was stillborn.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (131014-5)

Michelle Norman and her partner Mark French from Southsea with the tattoo Mark had drawn which is a homage to their baby son Jacob who was stillborn.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131014-5)

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A TOUCHING tattoo in memory of a couple’s stillborn son has been seen by hundreds of thousands of people on the internet.

Mark French, 26, and his partner, Michelle Norman, 24, were shocked when Mark’s tattoo, in memory of their stillborn son, was ‘liked’ 400,000 times on Facebook and shared over 30,000 times.

The tattoo is a poem alongside a picture of the hand and footprint of their stillborn son, Jacob.

Tattoo artist Wesley Lambe, co-owner at The Ink Doctors Tattoo Studio, Elm Grove, Southsea, posted the picture on his Facebook page.

It received more than 100,000 likes and 190 comments.

The photograph then appeared on the Secret Woman’s Business page and in less than a week, garnered 422,108 likes and 32,042 shares.

Michelle, who lives with Mark in Hatfield Road, Southsea, said: ‘We couldn’t believe it when our friends told us how many people had seen the tattoo.

‘On Sunday, we sat there on Facebook for about 10 to 15 minutes just watching the likes and the comments grow.

‘I had one done of Jacob’s hand and footprints on my wrist.

‘I got mine a week after he was born as I never got to see him.

‘The tattoo really made me feel like I was closer to him and made me happier.

‘When Mark saw how it made me feel, he decided to get his one and although it is still difficult for us, it is comforting.’

Jacob was stillborn on February 4 at just over 20 weeks old.

In his memory, Michelle has started a Just Giving page to raise money for Sands, a stillbirth and neo-natal death charity.

The national charity supports families who have been affected by stillbirths or miscarriages

It also funds research which could reduce the number of deaths.

In the week the page has been set up, people have donated £867.

Michelle added: ‘It is unbelievable.

‘When I set up the page I had the thought that if everyone who liked the picture gave £1 then that would raise a lot of money.

‘But I never expected to raise this much so quickly.

‘We are hoping to do fundraisers now we have set up the page and the first one will be on July 27 at the RMA Tavern.’

To donate to Sands visit justgiving.com/JacobsTattoo or email Michelle at michellenorman@hotmail.co.uk

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