A tattoo artist from Falmouth has donated half his week's earnings after being touched by a story of a little boy with brain cancer.

Sam Irish, from Serious Ink in Webber Street, had read about Elliott Furse in the Packet and how his family were struggling to find somewhere to stay to be near him in Bristol Children's Hospital after he was taken ill with a brain tumour.

Sam has similar personal experience, after he ended up having to sleep on the floor of his hospital to be near his son when he underwent an operation.

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Sam said: "I saw the post about the family not being able to stay with him and I couldn’t imagine how scary this is, because I’ve been in a similar situation in Bristol Hospital when my son had a stomach operation.

"I slept on the floor so I could stay by his side the whole time, as there wasn’t room for me and my partner."

He has now raised £400 - half of his personal earnings for a week - to donate to the family, in a bid to try and help them stay together with their son.

"I know it’s not a lot, but every bit helps them stay together," added Sam.

A fundraising page set up for Elliott's family at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Teamorange-Elliott has now raised just over £9,300 after an initial target of only £500.