Almost 200 people attended the Sydney Mitchell Charity Ball held at the National Motorcycle Museum, raising over £4000 for two local charities; the Maria Watt Foundation for teenage and childhood leukaemia and the Birmingham Women’s Hospital Neonatal unit.

Dean Parnell, Partner, Sydney Mitchell thanked everyone for their support of the charities and welcomed Eileen Rock and Sarah Archer to say a few words on behalf of the charities.

The National Motorcycle Museum and Phil Hynds Photography donated a percentage of sales on the night and ASL (Automated Systems Group Ltd) were generous sponsors of the Casino Tables.  Raffle prizes were donated by Move Reports, Allied Irish Bank, Handelsbanken, Brewin Dolphin and the Ardencote Manor Hotel.

Sarah Archer, Finance Partner, Sydney Mitchell appealed to the guests on behalf of the Maria Watt Foundation

“Experiencing cancer as a child or teenager can be an isolating and distressing time.  The charities work in easing this distress and in promoting awareness to encourage early diagnosis is invaluable.”

The Maria Watt Foundation is a local charity whose aim is to promote understanding about leukaemia and other cancers that affect children, teenagers and young adults.  This was set up in 2005 by Diane Watt after the tragic loss of her daughter Maria who had planned to go to university to become a lawyer.

Eileen Rock of the Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity distributed amongst the tables items of neonatal clothing and the smallest nappies and clips ever seen. She commented

“We are really grateful to Sydney Mitchell for their continued fundraising support for our charity. The support on the night was fabulous and all the funds raised will be used to help purchase additional medical equipment for our Neonatal Unit. This extra equipment, in turn, means that our staff will be able to help care for more sick and premature babies and their families.  Thank you to all who helped make the evening such a success.”

The Birmingham Women’s Hospital Neonatal "Tiny Babies, Big Appeal" is the Neonatal appeal at Birmingham Women's Hospital. All donations will help care for sick and premature babies, not just in Birmingham but throughout the West Midlands.

Sydney Mitchell provides high quality legal services to both UK and international clients, is a Top Tier Legal 500 UK firm, has Lexcel and Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation and has won Law Firm of the Year (5-15 partners) in the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards, five times in the last eight years. The firm has offices in Birmingham City Centre, Sheldon and Shirley.

Ball pictures from the event are still available to purchase - link attached - http://www.philhyndsphotography.com/section471875_680598.html

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For further information, please contact:

Linda Heyworth, Senior Marketing Manager l.heyworth@sydneymitchell.co.uk

Tel – 0121 746 3300 Mobile: 0777 279 504

Notes

Sydney Mitchell’s chosen charities for 2015 are the Tiny Babies Appeal for Birmingham Women’s Hospital raising funds for specialist neonatal equipment and the Maria Watt Foundation raising funds for teenagers and children with cancer.

About Sydney Mitchell:

Sydney Mitchell provides high quality legal services to both UK and international clients, is a Top Tier Legal 500 UK firm, has Lexcel and Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation and has won Law Firm of the Year (5-15 partners) in the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards, 5 times in the last seven years. The firm has offices in Birmingham City Centre, Sheldon and Shirley.

Maria Watt Birmingham Foundation for Childhood & Teenage Leukaemia:

The Maria Watt Foundation is a local charity whose aim is to promote understanding about leukaemia and other cancers that affect children, teenagers and young adults.  This was set up in 2005 by Diane Watt after the tragic loss of her daughter Maria who had planned to go to university to become a lawyer.

Maria Watt Foundation raises funds to support specific projects such as the recent development of a Teenage Cancer Unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.  They are also actively involved in raising awareness of the early signs of childhood cancer working with schools and GPs. Support is also given to the Beads of Courage Programme which helps to decrease illness related stress through using positive coping strategies to help children suffering serious illness. http://www.mariawattfoundation.co.uk/projects/

The Maria Watt Foundation is an independently registered charity no. 1118733 and can be contacted at: Diane Watt, Maria Watt Foundation, 14 Radlow Crescent, Marston Green, Birmingham B37 7LZ

www.mariawattfoundation.co.uk    diane@mariawattfoundation.co.uk

About the Birmingham Women’s Hospital ‘BWH’ – Neonatal appeal

BWH Charity supports the work of Birmingham Women's Hospital. They fundraise to provide vital equipment and facilities to enable the best possible care for the women and babies of the West Midlands region. The Birmingham Women’s Hospital Neonatal "Tiny Babies, Big Appeal" is the Neonatal appeal at Birmingham Women's Hospital. All donations will help care for sick and premature babies, not just in Birmingham but throughout the West Midlands. For more information on how you can help support the Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity please email Eileen.rock@bwnft.nhs.uk or call Fundraising Office on 0121 623 6874  http://www.bwnft.nhs.uk/support-us/hospital-charities

Birmingham Women's Hospital Charity Registration No. 1089035

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