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Buddy’s Ball was organised in order to help raise funds for a sensory playroom at Southampton General Hospital.

This circus-themed event was attended by expert serious injury solicitors Claire Howard and Ruth Johnson and generated over £15,000 in donations.

The money raised at the event will be used to build a sensory playroom at the hospital, with £5,000 earmarked for equipment in the Neurology Department, which will help many of the children who will use the playroom. Buddy’s Ball was organised by the family of Joseph, who suffers from a rare neuromuscular condition that affects all of his muscle groups, including his sensory skills. He was nicknamed ‘Buddy’ by employees at Southampton General Hospital and his mother Donna decided to launch the ball to raise funds for the facility.

Claire Howard, Partner and Head of the Serious Injury team at Irwin Mitchell's Southampton office, said: “It was a great privilege to be able to support Buddy’s Ball. Having read about Buddy and his family you could not help but get involved and show the ways in which we’re keen to support the local community.

“In our work we regularly help children and their parents who will benefit from the new equipment and playroom the money raised will provide, so it was fantastic to get involved.” 

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Claire Howard