Sparks FAQs

Why has this decision been taken now?

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on our fundraising, with the majority of the events we rely on to raise our funds cancelled or postponed indefinitely. Sparks is facing a 55% drop in income and this is sadly, not something the charity can recover from. In light of this and the need to make the best use of our resources to help seriously ill children, we have taken the decision to fully merge Sparks into GOSH Charity at the end of this financial year.

What does this mean for the child health research that Sparks funds?

Since its founding in 1991, nearly 30 years ago, Sparks has funded over £30 million of research into over 80 childhood conditions making a difference to the lives of many children.
As a result of the merger with GOSH Charity, GOSH Charity can guarantee the continuation of Sparks’ important work. This includes a commitment to funding at least £2million of child health research nationally each year, for the next five years.
This means that researchers who are already receiving funding from Sparks, and the upcoming grants that will be made via the next round of the Sparks and GOSH Charity joint “National Call” will not be affected by the decision to merge.

What does this mean for the fundraising activities planned for the rest of the financial year?

Merging Sparks into GOSH Charity will come into effect at the end of this financial year. In the meantime, we will continue to raise as much money as we can to support child health research and all fundraising activity will continue as planned (taking into account the latest advice and guidance from the government in relation to Covid-19).

Is there a way to carry on supporting child health research after the merger?

Yes, absolutely – never has your support been more needed. As a result of the merger with GOSH Charity, GOSH Charity can guarantee the continuation of Sparks’ important work. This includes a commitment to funding at least £2million of paediatric research nationally each year, for the next five years. There are many ways you can support the funding of pioneering child health research and we’d be delighted to discuss this with you further – please do get in touch via info@sparks.org.uk