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 research projects in over 90 hospitals, universities and research institutions across the UK and overseas.

Each new project is carefully reviewed by both medical professionals and a panel of parents. This ensures that we are funding high quality science as well as investing in those projects most likely to have a benefit for children and families across the UK and beyond.

Every child matters – that’s why we support research into any medical condition affecting children’s health, from rare diseases to the most common illnesses.

Find out more about us and 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

How we are governed

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Meet our Board of Trustees, CEO and Medical Advisory Committee

Volunteer with us

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We are always looking for talented and passionate individuals to join us.