Terms & conditions

Through use of this website, users accept and must abide by the following terms and conditions. Please read the following terms and conditions (“Terms”) carefully as they form a contractually binding agreement. Your attention is drawn in particular to the Limitation of Liability clause.

Use of this website

The Sparks website (“the Website”) is owned and operated by Sparks Charity (“Sparks”). For more information about Sparks see the “About Sparks” section.

These Terms govern the use of the Website. The services offered by this Website are offered to you subject to your agreement to the conditions in these Terms as set out below. By using the Website in any way, you agree to be bound by the conditions of these Terms.

Intellectual property rights

All copyright for this website is owned by Sparks or specific content providers. The content (including without limitation all text, images, sounds, design and logos) on this website are protected by copyright or other applicable intellectual property laws and are made available to you for personal information only. You may not translate, alter, modify, republish, retransmit, redistribute or otherwise make any material on this website available to any other party or make the same available online, in hard copy or on any other electronic or physical media without the express prior written consent of Sparks.

The Sparks name and logo, and any other graphics, logos and trade marks, (whether registered or unregistered) used by Sparks on this Website are protected by law.

Accuracy of Information

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information given on this website, but inaccuracies may nevertheless occur. If you come across any information which you consider to be inaccurate, please contact info@sparks.org.uk Please note that views and opinions expressed on this site, do not necessarily reflect those of Sparks or its associates.

Medical content

Content provided by Sparks is for general information only and should not be taken or used in place of your GP or health care professional. Sparks is not an information, health, advice or support provider and is therefore not responsible or liable for any diagnosis that is made, based on the information on the Sparks website. Medical content seeks to highlight the importance of Sparks funded research and provide context to case studies and news items. It should not be taken or used in place of medical advice. If you are concerned about your health, please contact your local GP, NHS direct or a recognised support provider. Please see above for additional notes on the accuracy of information.

Photography

Some of the generic images used on this site are from stock photo libraries or posed by models. Wherever possible, we use images of the actual families and researchers who work with us.

Website Links

This website includes links to other websites operated by third parties. These are provided in good faith and for your information only. Sparks has no control over the operation of these websites, and therefore cannot be held responsible for their contents or any products or services advertised or sold on those websites. Providing links in no way acts as an endorsement of these websites. You are solely responsible for evaluating the accuracy and relevance of any information contained on the third party websites. However, if you do have any significant concerns over a link provided, please let us know and we will review accordingly.

Privacy

Please see separate statement. By agreeing to these terms and conditions, you also accept the terms laid out in our privacy policy.

Limitation of liability

From time to time it may be necessary for us to suspend service of this website. There may be occasions where technical difficulties lead to a suspension of service without warning. We accept no responsibility for any errors, omissions, delays, or losses including loss of data during or as a result of interruptions to the service.

This website and the information it contains are provided on an ‘as is’ basis, with no representations or warranties of any kind whatsoever, either express or implied including without limitation any implied warranty of satisfactory quality or fitness for a particular purpose. Sparks cannot be deemed responsible for any incident which limits or compromises access to this website and cannot guarantee that the site will be free from viruses or be held responsible if security measures are in anyway breached. Use of this website and the information it contains is entirely at the user’s sole risk.

Sparks does not warrant the content, accuracy or veracity of any material on this website. Information on this website is for general guidance only and is not a substitute for seeking appropriate medical advice for any specific situation. Users should not rely on the information to make any decision about treatment or care. Sparks does not prescribe medical advice, or endorse products or treatments.

SUBJECT TO THE TERMS BELOW SPARKS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIMS, LOSSES, INJURIES, PENALTIES, DAMAGES, COSTS OR EXPENSES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION LOSS OF PROFIT OR LOSS OF DATA) ARISING FROM THE USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, THE WEBSITE OR ITS CONTENT, OR FROM ANY ACTION TAKEN OR OMITTED, AS A RESULT OF INFORMATION ACCESSED THROUGH THIS WEBSITE OR ITS CONTENTS, WHETHER BASED IN CONTRACT OR TORT AND WHETHER NEGLIGENT OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF SPARKS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

Nothing in these Terms shall exclude or limit the liability of Sparks for death or personal injury caused by the negligence of Sparks or for any other liability that may not be excluded in law. Further, any statutory rights you may have as a consumer are unaffected by these Terms.

Appropriate usage

You agree not use this website or information taken from it, in anyway that will break the law or in a manner that will infringe copyright, trademarks or intellectual property rights of Sparks or other parties. You must not use any method that could hinder use of this website by any person nor access or attempt to access any private communication, document, data or other material without our express prior written consent. You also agree not to violate the privacy or personal rights of others or use the website in any defamatory, obscene, threatening, abusive or in any other inappropriate manner.

Amending Terms and Conditions

On occasion, Sparks may choose to modify the terms of this agreement. You agree to periodically review this agreement to be aware of any such revisions. Your continued use of this website will be deemed acceptance of the updated or amended terms.

General

You agree that these Terms and any dispute arising in any way in relation to the Website will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and save where prohibited by law, you irrevocably submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England.

In the event that any provision in these Terms is determined to be unenforceable or invalid, such provision shall be severed and the remaining provisions which shall be enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law.

These Terms represents the entire agreement between you and Sparks relating to the subject matter of these Terms.

The provisions of these Terms on intellectual property, liability and jurisdiction shall remain in force if these Terms are terminated.

No failure or delay by us in exercising any of our rights under these Terms shall be deemed to be a waiver of that right and no waiver by us of any breach by you shall be considered as a waiver of any subsequent breach of the same or any other provision.

A third party shall not have the right to enforce any provision of these Terms under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 or otherwise.

Table or Ticket Cancellation Policy

All cancellation requests should be made in writing either by email (info@sparks.org.uk) or post and are subject to the conditions listed below.

  •  A full refund will be granted up to 60 days prior to the event.
  • Cancellations made within 60 days of the event will incur 50% of the total price of the booking.
  • Cancellations made within 14 days of the event will incur 100% of the total price of the booking.

Auction items and Prizes

On occasion, Sparks accepts auction and prize donations in good faith. Where ever possible, great care is taken to ensure that these items are described accurately but as the prize information is often provided by the donors themselves, Sparks cannot warrant the accuracy of those descriptions. Where items are not described accurately, Sparks reserves the right to exchange or replace these items with a similar one of equal value. Any time period or date specified cannot be altered unless agreed in writing with Sparks.

About Sparks

Sparks Charity is registered in England No. 2634037
Company limited by Guarantee. Registered Charity No. 1003825 (England and Wales) and SC039482 (Scotland)

The registered address is: Sparks, 6th Floor, Westminster Tower, 3 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7SP

Tel: 0207 091 7750  Fax: 0207 091 7751