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From scalpel to surfboard

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7258.459 (Published 12 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:459
  1. Greg Williams, specialist registrar in plastic surgery and burns
  1. Essex

    Ihave been fortunate to act as a counsellor in Britain's only summer camp for children with burns injuries. Known as Camp Horizons, it serves two main purposes. Firstly, it allows children from underprivileged backgrounds to have a holiday, many for the first time, and to take part in activities such as sailing and canoeing. Secondly, and more importantly, it allows these children to be immersed for one week in a fun environment where they all have one thing in common—the physical and psychological scars from a thermal injury.

    On first meeting them you might not suspect that anything was wrong

    Now in its third year, the camp was the brainchild of Mr Jim Frame, consultant burns surgeon, and Pat Wade, children's play therapist at St Andrew's Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns in Essex. It was fashioned after similar camps that have been in existence in the United States for some time and is financed entirely by fundraising activities and donations from the private sector. The …

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