Sheffield Gran’s brave tattoo tribute

Grandmother Ann Gray, at her home in Parson Cross,  has just had a tattoo as a tribute to the memory of her murdered grandson Jamie Stewart.
Grandmother Ann Gray, at her home in Parson Cross, has just had a tattoo as a tribute to the memory of her murdered grandson Jamie Stewart.
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Her murdered grandson is forever etched on her memory – and now Ann Gray will carry his name with her wherever she goes.

Pensioner Ann braved the tattooist’s needle in tribute to Jamie Stuart, who was knifed to death in Sheffield.

Grandmother Ann Gray, at her home in Parson Cross,  has just had a tattoo as a tribute to the memory of her murdered grandson Jamie Stewart.

Grandmother Ann Gray, at her home in Parson Cross, has just had a tattoo as a tribute to the memory of her murdered grandson Jamie Stewart.

The 70-year-old surprised her family – as she’s so petrified of needles she’s never even had her ears pierced.

But determined to keep the tragic teen’s memory alive, she has had the image of a butterfly next to Jamie’s name inked on her forearm.

And she has asked people to sponsor her to raise cash for a fund set up in Jamie’s name after his dad David, 53, was diagnosed with incurable leukaemia.

Jamie’s mum Dawn has also had a tattoo of her son’s face on her shoulder.

Ann, of Parson Cross, said: “Jamie’s death devastated the whole family and I wanted something to remember him by, so I could be close to him.

“Not a day goes by when I don’t think about him.”

Ann’s son Paul Gray, 50, and his partner Luke Gray-Thompson, 40, accompanied her to Van Schaicks parlour in Hillsborough.

But she refused to let them hold her hand.

Luke said: “Ann was so brave. I thought she was going to pass out but she was fine. Obviously it was quite emotional for her getting Jamie’s name but now she has it with her where ever she goes.

“She’s such an amazing woman, she’s been there for the whole family through all this. She’s the one the police have gone to for help. Ann supports everyone.”

Sponsorship raised from the tattoo appeal has reached more than £160, with donations still coming in.

Jamie, 19, was walking home from a friend’s birthday party when he was knifed by 21-year-old Danny Parr on Holgate Avenue, Parson Cross.

The killer was jailed for life, with a term of at least 23 years, at Sheffield Crown Court last October.