Terrorvision star to help out with 'human thermometer' tatoo bid to raise cash for Mind the Gap theatre group

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Mark Yates and Tim Wheeler Mark Yates and Tim Wheeler

Terrovision guitarist Mark Yates is helping the head of a Bradford theatre company turn himself into a “human tattoo thermometer”.

Last year Mind the Gap, which trains actors with disabilities, launched a fundraising campaign to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Called the Silver Challenge, it aims to raise £10,000 by the end of the anniversary year, in June.

Artistic director Tim has vowed to have the Mind the Gap logo tattooed on his body. The location of the tattoo will depend on how much he raises by the end of the anniversary year – so far he has raised nearly £1,000, putting the tattoo between his knee and bottom, but if he raises £250,000 the tattoo will be on his head.

As well as being a rock star Mark Yates is an artist and tattooist, and owns tattoo parlour Snakes N Daggers in Baildon. He got involved after reading about Mr Wheeler’s venture in the Telegraph & Argus.

“I’ve known and worked with Tim in the past and when I saw the T&A article about how he’s turning himself into a tattoo thermometer. I thought it was too good an opportunity to miss, especially because it is supporting a really creative cause,” he said. “It was right up my street. I’m looking forward to seeing how high it goes!”

Mr Wheeler said: “Mark’s a great guy and widely supports our work with learning disabled artists. People have asked me if I’m nervous and I say I think my wife Jo is more nervous than I am as to where it might end up!”

The Silver Challenge involves Mind the Gap handing out £10 to people as an investment to kickstart their fundraising ventures. They have until June 21 to help Mind the Gap raise £10,000.

The Manningham-based theatre company was founded in 1988 by Mr Wheeler and Susan Brown with the aim of creating an artistic space for learning-disabled and non-disabled artists to tell their stories through theatre.

Today it trains actors with disabilities and tours productions nationally.

l For more about Mind the Gap's 25th anniversary visit mind-the-gap.org.uk. To take part in the Silver Challenge e-mail tori@mind-the-gap.org.uk

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