THE godmother of a little girl who died of a rare cancer has raised hundreds of pounds in her memory by having a tattoo . . . despite the fact she hates them.
Three-year-old Chintzia Mills, from Blackbird Leys, Oxford, died after contracting advanced neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer which affects just 100 children a year, in 2010.
Now Sonia Deluca, who works at Tesco in Cowley, has raised more than £870 for Families Against Neuroblastoma (Fan), which organises days out for children and their family and funds research into the disease.
Ms Deluca, of Cowley, raised the money by having a handprint tattoo on her thigh.
It is the logo of the charity which helped her beloved god-daughter.
A special fund has been set up in Chintzia’s name through Fan, which the bulk of the money will go towards. Ms Deluca has also donated £150 worth of toys and DVDS to Kamran’s Ward, at the Oxford Children’s Hospital, where Chintzia was treated.
She said: “Chintzia was very fun-loving, and very clever.
“As soon as you met her you fell in love with her, and just instantly wanted to cuddle her.
“She was that sort of child.”
She said the money would go towards research for the rare illness.
Ms Deluca added:” I think its amazing how much we’ve raised and the staff at Tesco have been brilliant.
“I really don't like tattoos to be honest, but I’m glad I have had it done.
“I knew it would raise a lot of money.”