In 2016 we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Sparks and all that we had achieved, but we also wanted to look to the future.
Paediatric research is severely underfunded, but there are still large gaps in our understanding of children’s conditions. We want to make the breakthroughs in children’s medicine that families need, from discovery through to treatment and cure.
In 2017 Sparks joined Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Children’s Charity in a partnership which will result in more funding for pioneering and life-changing child health research.
Together, GOSH Charity and Sparks will fund more pioneering national research to find new ways to diagnose, treat and cure childhood diseases.
History of the Sparks and GOSH Charity partnership
Sparks and GOSH Charity has previously together on funding some great research projects in the past, including research into juvenile arthritis.
There is a special connection to childhood arthritis at GOSH. It was originally called “Still’s Disease” after George Still, who became clinical assistant at GOSH in 1894 and who researched childhood diseases from the outset, and identified it as a disease.
In 2005, Sparks began funding the CHARMS study, to investigate drug treatment in childhood arthritis. Although funded by Sparks, many of the children involved in the recent Childhood Arthritis Response to Medication Study (CHARMS) project, came from GOSH. So the project could not have gone ahead without input from both Sparks and GOSH: an example of how natural it is for us to be working together in partnership.
Childhood arthritis is just one condition GOSH and Sparks have been working together on for some time.
Sparks joined Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity in February 2017 as a subsidiary, while retaining our own external brand identity and charity number.
GOSH Charity funds research, both at the hospital and in research institutions right across the country. The charity launched an ambitious research strategy in 2016 and is committed to investing in unlocking the big breakthroughs of the future for rare and complex childhood conditions.
About the partnership
- Sparks is a subsidiary of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, while retaining its own external brand identity and charity number, so you can write or send a donation to us in exactly the same way that you did before our partnership with GOSH began.
- The Sparks research programme and fundraising activities continue under the Sparks name, and in April, we launched our first joint national call to fund up to £2m of research into complex and rare conditions affecting children.
- Sparks continues to fundraise exclusively for child health research and to support projects nationwide, so you can be assured that your donations will only go towards paediatric research across the whole of the UK.
- In order to put more money directly into research, Sparks now operates from the offices of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.