Sparks funds pioneering research into serious conditions affecting the health of babies, children and mums-to-be. We believe that an illness or physical disability should not be an obstacle to a fulfilled childhood.
Each year, 3000 babies die before their first birthday and one in 30 children are born with a disability or condition which will affect them for life.
As a leading children's medical research charity we are dedicated to funding and championing pioneering research into any condition affecting mums-to-be, babies and children. Since 1991, we have committed over 21 million into pioneering research projects across a wide spectrum of medical conditions including premature birth, juvenile arthritis, baby brain injury and childhood cancers to name just a few.
Through the research we fund, Sparks aims to improve the quality of life for children and families affected by serious illness or disability today, whilst seeking ways to better diagnose, treat and prevent these conditions in the future. The medical breakthroughs we make possible, make a difference not only across the UK but for thousands of women, children and families around the world.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Twins Kiki and Nico were born prematurely
Oscar's recovery from brain damage
Heidi suffered from pre-eclampsia during pregnancy