A September to remember for Sparks

It was a successful and very busy September for Sparks, with many memorable events, made brilliant by all our fantastic supporters.

From dinners to treks, golf days to clay pigeon shoots, the month was full of fun for children’s health research.  

At the beginning of September, five members of Team Sparks trekked along the South Coast, with one completing the 55km challenge and the others walking the full 100km! The longer route took two days. Some members of the team bravely trekked on through the night, and others set up camp for a rest before taking on the second half on Sunday. Joanne, our top Sparks fundraiser for the South Coast Trek, raised an incredible £1,000 for the charity, including Gift Aid.  

The next thing on the calendar was the Rugby Legends Dinner, on 5 September. This is the seventh year running that Sparks has hosted this stunning event. This year, the aim was to support the National Call project to harness new MRI technology which could transform diagnosis and treatment for children with epilepsy. Guests heard from a panel of rugby legends, including Martin Johnson CBE, Ieuan Evans MBE, Jeremy Guscott MBE and Gavin Hastings OBE. Parent Anna also spoke at the event – her son Charlie underwent life-changing brain surgery to treat his epilepsy – you can read their family’s story here.
The dinner raised an incredible total of £117,000 and was followed by the ASA golf day on 11 September. This was hosted for the 15th time by the former professional footballer Matt Le Tissier, at Brocket Hall Golf Club. 

The Thames Path Trek between Putney and Henley saw one Sparks participant walking 22km and raising over £250 including GiftAid. Sparks challengers also took on the Tough Mudder North West, from 7-8 September.  

Next up was the Clay Pigeon Shoot on 24 September. The day included training on how to use a shotgun, the shoot itself, a three-course lunch, and wonderful prizes to win in the silent and live auctions. Those who attended heard Colin’s story – his daughter Eilish passed away as a baby due to Krabbe disease, which currently has no cure. On social media after the event, Colin said he’d like to give “a thank you to everyone who attended and helped raise the money – your response after my talk was truly humbling.” The day raised a staggering £86,000, which will go towards pioneering research into Krabbe disease.   

September ended in Surrey for Team Sparks, with the North Downs Trek. Four members of Team Sparks trekked 50km through this area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  

Summer has come and passed, but September has ended on a high for Sparks!