Dr Sara Mole in her lab

About us

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For many seriously ill children, research is their only hope.

Yet paediatric research is severely underfunded, receiving only five per cent of public and charitable research funding in the UK each year.

Sparks raises money to fund pioneering child health research across the UK, helping to find new treatments and cures for children and families who desperately need them.

Sparks supports clinicians and scientists who have the skills, innovation and passion to improve children’s lives forever. Since 1991, we have funded more than 285 ground-breaking child health research projects in over 90 hospitals, universities and research institutions across the UK and overseas.

In February 2017, we partnered with Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Charity merging our national research funds, making up to £2 million available. This is the largest fund in the UK dedicated to child health research, and will benefit children at GOSH, nationally and around the world.

Every child matters – that’s why we’re more ambitious than ever to see an overall improvement in survival rates and quality of life for children with rare and complex conditions

Find out more about the pioneering children’s medical research we fund.

Sparks is a registered charity: 1003825 (England and Wales), SC039482 (Scotland).

Annual reports and accounts

Sparks Charity Trustees Annual Report and Accounts Year ended 31 January 2017 ↓

Annual report and accounts for the period ended 31 March 2017

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