Call for research into child health
A CHARITY which funds life-saving research in Bristol wants people to support its latest campaign.
Sparks is a children's medical research charity, which has paid for projects to minimise brain damage in babies starved of oxygen during birth at St Michael's.
It has launched its Bump campaign to highlight the issue of 3,000 babies dying before their first birthday every year due to the lack of funding for paediatric research.
Laura Bullock, Sparks regional fundraiser, based in Bristol, said: "The aim of this campaign is to make people aware of the need for more funding into conditions and disabilities affecting babies and children. Almost all of the UK healthcare spend is for the benefit of adults, but much of this spend could be avoided if more was done in the early years of life.
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"Every parent's hope is for a healthy child and much more can be done to help them realise that hope. Too many children are dying in early childhood and many face a lifetime of health problems. If we don't increase our investment in paediatric research now, thousands of children will continue to experience lifelong complications, with adult healthcare costs remaining a massive burden."
Alastair and Stephanie Chambers' son Harry, four, benefited from a Sparks-funded project in Bristol, which uses cooling to prevent damage to the newborn brain, when he was starved of oxygen during birth.
Mr Chambers said: "Without Sparks funding across a wide spectrum of conditions, Harry might not be with us now. As it is he will be attending mainstream school in September."
For more information visit www.sparks.org.uk.