Parents, family members and friends of people with Down’s Syndrome across Dorset have got behind a unique campaign which is going viral.

With Down’s Syndrome Awareness week approaching at the end of the month, two determined mums have grouped together with dozens of others to take part in the ‘Lucky Few’ tattoo initiative and raise money for good causes.

The tattoo features three Chevron arrows and was first inspired by a group of mothers in America who have children with Down’s Syndrome. Named after a book about the genetic condition, it has become a global movement with many taking part in mass-inkings as a way of symbolising their shared experiences.

Tara Gool, from Weymouth, and good friend Liz Chilton from Sherborne, both have children with Down’s Syndrome, and have teamed up with Elite Tattoo and Piercings in Weymouth to organise the first group tattooing to take place in Dorset.

Liz, whose six-year-old daughter Clara has the condition, said: “I have never had a tattoo.

“A lot of us who are getting it done are people who haven’t got tattoos and would never usually dream of getting one done, but it’s got a meaning behind it.

“We want to show it in a positive way - they’re not just Down’s Syndrome, they are people and a member of the family. This tattoo is a protest as well in a way, we’re standing up for our children. Our Down’s Syndrome community is dotted all over Dorset. We’re all really looking forward to it.”

Liz said her husband and childminder are both getting the tattoo, as well as her stepdaughter who is travelling all the way from London for the occasion. At least 30 people are set to descend on Elite Tattoo on the morning of Sunday, March 25, taking place just after Down’s Syndrome Awareness Day on March 21.

Each person will pay £20 for the tattoo, with half of the fee split between charity Ups and Downs Southwest and Longfleet Youth FC, which hosts a Down’s Syndrome Active football programme.

Joey Williams, manager of Elite Tattoo, said: “Tara approached us in regards to hosting it here and we were more than happy to help.

“The reason we picked up on this is a lot of charities and hospices hold a lot of events but you never really hear of anything being done for this cause. We are always open seven days a week but we’ll close our morning session to host this. There’ll be stalls selling food and Tara will be outside fundraising as well.”

The shop will offer tattoos from 10am until 2pm or until everyone has received their tattoo.