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Birthday card appeal for Gateshead man goes global

Dominic with his sister and mother Photo: Bethany Dodgson

People from all over the world are posting birthday cards to a man who is losing his sight after his family launched a campaign.

Dominic Skeen, from Rowlands Gill, was born seven weeks early. He had his first operation at 25 days old and spent his first weeks in Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

His mother Lisa was told he may never walk or talk. His sister Bethany Dodgson said "he really has defied the odds".

Bethany and Dominic when they were younger Credit: Bethany Dodgson

"We honestly never expected to receive cards from strangers as originally we shared it to friends and family who live around the world. But we can not thank people enough for taking the time to send a card. When the time comes when he eventually loses his sight, this will be a senses memory."

– Bethany Dodgson

Despite being diagnosed with autism, bone infection osteomyelitis, hyper extensible joints, and sight loss, Dominic is determined to enjoy turning 21.

Bethany wants to make sure Dominic has a special birthday and is appealing for people to send birthday cards. With his 21st birthday fast approaching on 10 July, cards have already arrived from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, New Zealand and America.

How to send a card

  • Facebook page 'Cards for Dom'
  • Twitter #CardsforDom