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  • WHY WE FUND RESEARCHRiley suffered oxygen deprivation during birth and was at a high risk of permanent brain injury. Thanks to Sparks-funded research, he was the first baby in the world to receive a combined cooling and xenon gas treatment and is now a healthy young boy.

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    SPARKS RAISES MONEY TO FUND PIONEERING CHILDRENS MEDICAL RESEARCH. 1 IN 30 CHILDREN IS BORN IN THE UK EVERY DAY WITH A CONDITION WHICH MAY AFFECT THEM FOR LIFE

    Sparks supports clinicians and scientists who have the skills, innovation and passion to improve childrens lives forever. Since 1991, we have funded more than 270 ground-breaking research projects in over 80 hospitals, universities and research institutions across the UK and overseas. Each new project is carefully reviewed by both medical professionals and a panel of parents. This ensures that we are funding high quality science as well as investing in those projects most likely to have a benefit for children and families across the UK and beyond.

    Every child matters thats why we support research into any medical condition affecting childrens health, from rare diseases to the most common illnesses. Anyone can support Sparks and our vital research. By donating to us monthly, attending one of our events or taking up a challenge, you can help the 1 in 30 children born in the UK with a condition which may affect them for life. The money you raise will help our researchers find more cures and treatments for children. Read this brochure to see how you can get involved and make a difference today!

    Why we need your help

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    Where we fund research

    Sparks is an independent and national charity, we fund the best research wherever it may be based. Since 1991, we have funded more than 270 groundbreaking research projects in over 80 hospitals, universities and research institutions across the UK and overseas. Some of our awarded projects include:

    Dr Stock is developing a

    non-invasive way of monitoring a babys response to infection in

    the womb to prevent harm and potential

    prematurity

    EdinburghFetal infection

    Dr Pennington is using smart

    phone technology to help children

    with cerebral palsy in their speech development

    NewcastleCerebral palsy

    Professor Cox is testing whether

    rescuing brain cells can reduce damage caused by Krabbes

    disease which affects the nervous system

    CambridgeKrabbe disease

    Dr Cox is using MRI to understand how preterm birth affects the heart, and help identify

    strategies to support the vulnerable heart

    LondonCardiac

    MORE THAN

    270RESEARCH PROJECTS

    OVER80INSTITUTIONS

  • What research we fund

    Sparks funds research into a wide variety of conditions affecting childrens health. Each new project is carefully reviewed by both medical professionals and a panel of parents. This ensures that we are funding high quality science as well as investing in those projects most likely to have a benefit for children and families across the UK and beyond.

    All our projects fall into one of four research areas:

    Pregnancy and birth

    First months of life

    Infancy and early childhood

    Rare diseases

  • GIVE TODAY

    Youre the reason we can improve the health of babies, children and pregnant women. Donate today or set up a monthly gift and you can help us fund more pioneering childrens medical research. Giving to us each month is an easy and convenient way for you to support our work and also helps us plan for the future.

    No gift is too small for you to make a difference.

    3 a month for a year could allow a researcher to screen one pregnant woman for lupus as part of a research study investigating a link between lupus and stillbirth.10 a month could provide xenon gas for children like Oscar (pictured right) as part of a pioneering research project to prevent the devastating effects of brain damage occurring after oxygen deprivation at birth. It could help to develop a combined standard treatment for children like Oscar across the UK.25 a month for a year could pay for a research assistant for 3 days to investigate the prevention of premature birth.

    Help us make a difference sooner. Thank you for your support.

    Donating

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    individual giving

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    020 7091 7750 or visit

    sparks.org.uk/donate

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    GIVING A TRANSFORMATIONAL GIFT

    Less than 10 per child each year is spent on improving childrens health that is just 5% of the UKs annual public and charitable spending.

    A report was launched in 2012 by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health outlining the chronic underfunding in child health research in the UK. The impact of this is that treatments and cures for common and rare diseases, affecting millions of children and their families, are not being found. It means that the best and the brightest researchers are struggling to get their life changing projects off the ground.

    Giving a transformational gift can help to change this. To help fund a new cutting-edge research project can provide the stepping stone necessary for that treatment or cure to be found changing the futures of children and families forever.

    Were lucky. Our children were born healthy and we want to give every child that same opportunity.Transformational gift donor

    Call the philanthropy

    team on

    020 7091 7750 or visit

    sparks.org.uk/

    philanthropy

    and help us make

    a difference sooner.

  • HOW YOUR COMPANY CAN SAVE CHILDRENS LIVES BY PARTNERING WITH SPARKS

    A charity partnership with Sparks can be brilliant for business, whether thats employee engagement, staff retention or inspiring teams to come together. We believe that partnering with us is about a joint vision. The corporate partnerships team at Sparks have a wealth of experience in working with companies such as Deutsche Bank, Dyson, House of Fraser and ICAP, as well as SMEs from across the UK.

    Your companys support will go towards funding the brightest medical minds in the UK. Our partnership would help to fund innovative research projects and exciting ideas: the preventions, treatments and cures of the future that will improve childrens lives, not just in the UK but all around the world.

    Volunteering and pro bonoAt Sparks, we recognise that within your company there will be a wealth of talent and expertise. Volunteering, senior skills sharing and pro bono opportunities would be of real benefit

    Corporate partnerships

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    to Sparks. Whether youd like advise Sparks on business processes or help with bespoke staff training we are keen to leverage your expertise.

    Joint marketing and promotionsRaising joint brand awareness through your client and business networks can have a powerful impact. Cause Related Marketing (CRM) is a proven strategy for lifting sales of a product or to activate a new audience for your brand.

    Challenge, sporting and social company eventsWe can offer places in popular challenges including the London and Berlin Marathons, Royal Parks Half Marathon, London Bupa 10k, Ride London-Surrey 100, Thames Path Challenge and many more. We will also tailor events just for your company such as our City Challenge a competitive team adventure which will see you solving exciting clues as you travel across your city!

    Each year we host exclusive fundraising events, attended by our dedicated celebrity supporters such as Denise Lewis, Matt Dawson, Gabby Logan and Sir Steve Redgrave. Your employees and clients can attend our Young Professionals Quiz Night, Clay Pigeon Shoot, Rugby Legends Dinner, Fine Wine Dinner, flagship Winter Ball and Corporate Golf Days in the UK and abroad.

    Call the corporate

    partnerships team on

    020 7091 7750 or visit

    sparks.org.uk/

    corporatepartnerships

    and help us make

    a difference sooner.

  • EVERYONE CAN MAKE AN IMPACT ON CHILDRENS HEALTH, SO GET FUNDRAISING YOURSELF, WITH YOUR SCHOOL, WORKMATES OR AS PART OF A GROUP

    Do your own thingWhatever you choose to do we can help along the way, with ideas and inspiration, practical advice and fundraising essentials like collection tins, balloons and posters.

    Struggling for inspiration? Get involved with one of our community fundraisers:

    Sparkle for Sparks Organise a themed dress up day

    Whether youre celebrating a wedding, christening, anniversary or birthday, ask guests to make a donation to Sparks instead of bringing a present

    Bake for Bumps 8 14 June 2015Put on a bake sale at home, work or school between Monday 8 and Sunday 14 June.

    1 in 30 Challenge Take on a 30 themed challenge for the 1 in 30 babies in the UK who are born with a condition which may affect them for life.

    See how many goals you can score in 30 minutes

    Hold a quiz night with 30 questions

    Be Thirsty for Thirty and give up alcohol for 30 days

    Community

    Call the

    community team on

    020 7091 7750 or visit

    sparks.org.uk/

    community

    and help us make

    a difference sooner.

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