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BBC's Dillon Chapman "The Boy Who Wants His Leg Cut Off"

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Local boy, Dillon Chapman, subject of the BBC documentary ‘The Boy Who Wants His Leg Cut Off’, had over £450 raised on his behalf at Frome Veterinary Centre’s opening event on Saturday 8th August. 

Thirteen year old, Dillon Chapman, from Frome suffers from neurofibromatosis, a debilitating condition where tumours develop on his nerves. Having endured a great amount of pain for many years, Dillon became the subject of a BBC documentary covering the decision to have his severely affected leg amputated. 

Over 200 local pet owners visited Frome Veterinary Centre on Saturday to help celebrate the completed refurbishments with new practice owners, Highcroft Veterinary Group. Over £450 was raised through the charity raffle and donations for the guest of honour, Dillon. Frome Mayor, Cllr Kate Bielby, joined in the festivities by officially opening the refurbished practice alongside veterinary surgeons, Richard Killen and Robert Dawson, owners of Highcroft. 

Julia Metcalfe of Frome Veterinary Centre, was overjoyed to present Dillon with a cheque for £559, a combination of the sponsorship money she raised doing a 15,000 feet Skydive and proceeds from the Open Event. Dillon couldn’t thank Julia enough and said “It was an honour to attend the open day and I was overwhelmed by everyone’s kindness. Life is getting better, I’m using my prosthetic leg a little bit more and it’s great.  I’m also swimming three times a week and having lots of physiotherapy.”

Richard Killen added “We are so pleased to be able to support such a brave young man like Dillon. He is an inspiration to us all! We were thrilled to see so many of the local community at the open day and to have Cllr Kate Bielby officially open the practice. It was a lot of fun for everyone involved”. 

Children and adults took part in the many activities available, including stitching up Snoopy, practising their bandaging skills, keyhole surgery (on a selection of vegetables) and finding out how a busy veterinary practice works behind the scenes. There was also a surprise guest greeting visitors outside, Highcroft’s WOW Gorilla, Cheeky Charlie. 

Frome Veterinary Centre would like to thank the local businesses who donated prizes to its charity raffle and visitors for their generosity.  Visitors to the open day can view photographs taken via the Frome Veterinary Centre Facebook page.


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