The Sunningdale Park Romania Appeal is a registered charity which was first established in November 1990 in response to media coverage at that time of children living in appalling conditions in Romanian orphanages. The focus of our attention since has moved on from providing medical materials for hospitals and clinics to assisting a group of young adults from poor families who have the blood disorder Thalassaemia. Children born with Thalassaemia lack the ability to produce normal red blood cells and are so chronically fatigued that they fail to thrive and do not grow normally. The only treatment that is available is regular transfusions of red blood cells, which are required every 3 to 4 weeks. Constant blood transfusions lead to iron overload which can lead to organ failure. Regular fund raising combined with personal donations enable us to send a total of £1,000 of financial help every 2 months. This provides each of the families with a guaranteed minimum of â‚¬140 every month towards medical costs.