Children deserve the best possible healthcare. While healthcare has improved dramatically in the last 50 years, there are still no treatments or cures for many children with rare and complex conditions. The only way we can help them is through research.

Since 1991, Sparks has funded over £30 million of research into over 80 childhood conditions. These include childhood cancers, epilepsy, spina bifida, Crohn’s disease, Down’s syndrome, Krabbe disease, cerebral palsy and the risks associated with premature birth.

Sparks has a strong reputation in the child health research community and has supported over 90 research institutions across the UK. Between 2015 and 2018, the charity funded research into conditions that affected 20,000 children in the UK each year.

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. Sparks are fighting to change that. They are 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.

Help us raise £10 million to find the treatments they urgently need. For critically ill children, there’s no time to lose.