Mum-of-two gets charm bracelet tattoo on her ankle made with her dad’s ASHES

Mum-of-two gets charm bracelet tattoo on her ankle made with her dad’s ASHES

A DEVOTED daughter has created a permanent tribute to the dad she lost at just 54 – by getting a tattoo on her ankle made with his ashes.

Care home team leader Becky Hamer-Morris, 32, was determined to keep her dad Steve Hamer’s memory alive after he died following a five-month battle with oesophageal cancer.

So, as the first anniversary of his death approached on December 15, 2017, Becky, of Hereford, booked in for the unusual inking in the design of a charm bracelet.

The married mum-of-two said: “It seemed like a really meaningful way to remember him.

“I’ve got a few tattoos already, but had never heard of having ashes made into tattoos, until my aunt Chelle told me about it.

“I feel like Dad’s always with me now. I didn’t know what to do with his ashes, apart from scatter them, and I wanted to have a part of him with me all the time. This way I can.”

She told how her dad had a swallow tattoo on his shoulder, so she had a similar one to that done on her foot.

Becky added: “But I also wanted a charm bracelet around my ankle, with a different charm to do with Dad.

“In the end, I had a bracelet inking around my ankle, with a princess charm, because he called me his princess, a witch because he was really fascinated by them, a musical note for his love of music, a ‘D’ for Dad, a broken heart and a cherry blossom, to symbolise where the rest of his ashes have been scattered.”

The tattoo artist spent two hours perfecting the designs, which cost her £140 but which she claims have been worth every penny as they mean she always feels close to the dad she adored.

In July 2016, Steve was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer, after experiencing weight loss and being unable to keep food down, and died, tragically, just five months later.

Becky, who is married to house husband, Paul Morris, 40, and has two children, Ocean, eight, and Oscar, six, continued: “When we lost Dad, I was devastated. I’d slept at the hospice with him for his final three nights on a camp bed.

“He was a real character and I adored him. But, because of his health issues – he had a brain haemorrhage and two strokes before developing cancer – he struggled to get out of the house, so me and my children used to visit him a lot.

“They called him ‘Grandad Lager’ as he enjoyed a cold beer. He was a really doting grandfather. ”

Despite being housebound, Steve was determined not to miss Becky’s wedding day – managing to walk her down the aisle, when she married Paul on September 19, 2015, at Hereford’s Three Counties Hotel – a memory she will always treasure.

She recalled: “It was always a real mission, getting Dad out of the house, so it meant so much to me when he not only walked me down the aisle on our wedding day, but made a small speech too.

“That’s something that will always stay with me, a really proud moment for us both.”

But, after his funeral at Hereford Crematorium on 29 December, 2017, when Becky – whose mum Helen Irving, 55, split-up with Steve when she was young – took charge of his ashes, scattering some under a cherry tree, she started trying to find a fitting way to remember him forever.

After hitting on the idea of an inking, she visited God’s of Ink tattoo studio in Gloucester, working with the tattooist to create the perfect design.

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She added: “I love my tattoo. I look at it every day and it reminds me of him.”

Previously a woman had a "cremation tattoo" of her late fiance’s ashes inked on her arm just three weeks after he died.

In December, it was revealed a grieving daughter planned to EAT her dead mum for Xmas lunch by sprinkling her ashes on turkey roast.



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