Children’s charities join forces to boost research into childhood diseases

24 Jan 2017, 12:51 p.m.

Tim and Elvie

From Wednesday 1 February, children’s medical research charity Sparks will be joining Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity in a partnership which will result in a funding increase for pioneering and life-changing child health research.

Elvira Morrison, Acting CEO of Sparks said: “In 2016 we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Sparks and all that we had achieved, but we also wanted to look to the future. Paediatric research is severely underfunded, yet there are still large gaps in our understanding of children’s conditions. We have huge ambitions to unlock the breakthroughs in children’s medicine that families need, from discovery through to treatment and cure.

“We approached Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity to explore a partnership. As a children’s charity with a strong reputation for funding national research, it felt like the natural home for Sparks.

“Together we can fund even more pioneering, national research and we’re looking forward to this exciting next phase for Sparks.”

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity funds research at both the hospital and in research institutions right across the country. The charity launched an ambitious research strategy last year and is committed to investing in the breakthroughs of the future for rare and complex childhood conditions.

Tim Johnson, Chief Executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity said: “For many sick children, research into new treatments is their only hope. Yet research into diseases affecting children is currently woefully underfunded, receiving only five per cent of public and charitable research funding each year.

“We look forward to welcoming Sparks into the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity family, together we will be able to fund more work to discover vital treatments for children – now and in the future.”