Fire blow for ‘Bells’

Firefighters mop up following the Colignan campsite blaze last week that caused an estimated $100,000 damage to property owned by well-known Mildura tattoo artist “Bells”, as well as members of her family and friends.
Firefighters mop up following the Colignan campsite blaze last week that caused an estimated $100,000 damage to property owned by well-known Mildura tattoo artist “Bells”, as well as members of her family and friends.

AN annual Easter camping trip went horribly wrong for a well-known local tattoo artist affectionately known as “Bells” and others, when an estimated $100,000 worth of damage was caused by a fire at a Colignan campsite last week.

"Bells" taking part in Shave for a Cure.

"Bells" taking part in Shave for a Cure.

It took 10 fire crews and several hours to control the blaze, but not before it ripped through two boat trailers, two caravans, a campervan, a mobile cool room, several generators owned by Bells, members of her family and  friends, and a hectare of bushland.

Now, Bells Ink employee and long-time friend Kayt-e Goodwin is calling on the Mildura community to rally around Bells, who she said would “give the shirt off her back” to others in need.

“Bells is one of the biggest hearted people I’ve ever met,” Ms Goodwin said.

“She is constantly raising money for locals in need, whether it’s sick children, homeless people or just community members in general who are having a hard time.

“Bells has raised money through Shave for a Cure, she’s held raffles, she’s auctioned off her own skin to be tattooed, she’s dug deep into her own pockets many times over the years. I’ve seen her hand the last $40 she has had over to someone more in need than her.

“Now that this has happened to her, I’d really like to see the community get behind her and help repair some of the devastation this fire has caused.”

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