Hundreds of people have shown their support for a Stoke-on-Trent tattoo artist after he was visited by lockdown enforcers – who discovered he was putting together food parcels for the elderly.
Enforcement officers paid a visit to SkinJase in Smallthorne, owned by charity champion Jason Powner, after they received a tip-off from a member of the public to say he was still working during the lockdown.
But when they arrived they found Jason, from Burslem, putting together the food parcels to deliver to the elderly self-isolating – his business also doubles up as a foodbank and is used as a drop-off point for donations.
Hundreds of people have taken to social media to show their support for Jason – who has spent a decade helping families and charities across Stoke-on-Trent including raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for worthy causes, struggling families and poorly children.
Jackie Hill said: “Are these people for real? Are they jealous? This man is brilliant. The work he does is endless helping the community. So back off and leave him alone.”
And Angela Jackson sent a direct message to the 50-year-old. She said: “All the decent people of Stoke on Trent are right behind you Jason, you’re a local hero and hopefully now the person that reported you has had a word with themselves? Keep up the good work!!”
George Hammond agreed. He said: “There’s some sad people in this world but to knock a local hero – yes I did say hero – who is willing to almost risk his own life really to help people of all ages, we should all give him and his team of volunteers a big hand. Keep doing what you’re doing Jase.”
Lisa Bloor also agreed saying: “Absolutely disgusting. This man does nothing but good for the community. Have people got nothing better to do? This makes my blood boil. Love your response though Jason Powner.”
Jason’s studio was one of 92 businesses across the city that was visited to censure they are complying with new legislation in the wake of the pandemic.