Urgent Appeal

Dear supporter,

As scientists and researchers race to better understand COVID-19 and to find a vaccine, never has it been more evident to people across the world how important research is.

At Sparks, we understand this need as we work towards treatments for rare childhood conditions every day. One in three children with a rare condition won’t live to celebrate their fifth birthday, and child health research is already hugely underfunded in the medical world, meaning thousands of children with rare and complex conditions are being side-lined.

We’re fighting to change that. We’re committed to funding the best in paediatric health research across the UK, solely focused on helping seriously ill children no matter where they come from. And that fight must continue during the current crisis. Children with rare and complex conditions are potentially more vulnerable than ever, and we need to act now, to make sure we’re still giving them the chance they deserve.

Many of our fundraising activities have been cancelled or postponed due to the ongoing crisis. We’re therefore launching an urgent appeal that will help the charity continue its support of research at a time when it needs that support more than ever.

Researchers work around the clock to find revolutionary treatments and cures to improve the lives of children with rare and complex conditions. The money raised from this urgent appeal will help to ensure that researchers can keep fighting for their future, through this crisis and beyond.

There is no time to lose. We need your support now more than ever, so that children with rare and complex conditions are not forgotten in the current crisis and the fight for their future continues. You can donate now, easily and quickly, by clicking here.

Thank you for your dedicated support as we all face this challenge. The fight must continue.

Louise Parkes (CEO Sparks Charity)
Stephen Holgate (Chair of Trustees, Sparks Charity)
Dr. Rajvinder Karda (Research Associate UCL)