Anti-Racism Statement

Our vision is to bring light and hope to every family affected by childhood cancer across Yorkshire. In the five decades since Candlelighters was formed, we have grown and adapted in so many ways to help us achieve this vision. 

One of our core values is to care for patients, families, supporters, staff, and the wider community we operate in. We know that many of the people we serve face challenges which may be exacerbated by race and that we have a duty as an organisation to mitigate these challenges where we have the power to do so.

We want to create a culture where everyone we work with is heard, valued, and cared for.

Candlelighters are committed to growing and adapting to make this happen and have begun taking action to achieve this.

Some of the actions we’re taking:

  • An external review with a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion professional to review and help address where we can improve our processes and operations to remove barriers and ensure fair treatment for all.
  • Starting dialogue with and listening to people from ethnic minority backgrounds on issues they face and how we can alleviate them.
  • Delivering anti-racism training to all members of staff and reinforcing a culture of safety for staff to talk about race.

This is only the start of an ongoing pledge to become an anti-racist organisation. We will continue to develop and grow, striving to improve our knowledge and use our influence to contribute a more inclusive society.

If you’d like to speak to someone about this statement, you can contact us at [email protected].

Our stories

Candlelighters accredited as 36th in Top 100 Great Places to Work in the UK!
18-03-24Our stories • Posted by Honey Best-Barton
Our team are celebrating after being accredited as one of the Top 100 Great Places to Work in the UK. We placed number 36! CEO of Candlelighters, Emily Wragg says: “This is a huge achievement for us and reflects the positive actions of each employee in creating a supportive working environment. Our donors, volunteers and families …
Company of the month…Barratt Developments!
11-03-24Our stories • Posted by Honey Best-Barton
We are so pleased to announce that our latest Company of the Month is Barratt Developments! This month, we would like to thank the team at Barratt Developments Yorkshire West as they completed another fundraiser to take their fundraising to an incredible total of over £60,000 raised for Candlelighters! Last month, eight members of the …
Candlelighters CEO Emily Wragg Shortlisted For Yorkshire Leadership Awards!
06-03-24Our stories • Posted by Honey Best-Barton
We are so proud to announce that our CEO, Emily Wragg, has been shortlisted for the Yorkshire Leadership Awards! Emily Wragg, CEO of Candlelighters, was shortlisted for the Public and Third Sector Leader at the Business Desk Yorkshire Leadership Awards! Emily has played a crucial role in Candlelighters’ expansion and success over the years. One …
International Childhood Cancer Day
15-02-24Our stories • Posted by Honey Best-Barton
“My son’s cancer nurse also treated my sister, as a child.”  “My sister had leukaemia 19 years ago. Seeing the same nurse, when my son was diagnosed with cancer, brought all those memories flooding back.”  In 2005, when Georgia Lewis was eight years old, her sister Bethan, aged three, was diagnosed with leukaemia. After an …
Company of the month…Platinum Asset Protection and Frontline Security!
02-02-24Our stories • Posted by Honey Best-Barton
We are so pleased to announce that our latest Companies of the Month are Platinum Asset Protection and Frontline Security! This month we would like to recognise the amazing supportive efforts made by Platinum Asset Protection and Frontline Security. We are amazed that the two companies have been supporting Candlelighters for over a decade! Frontline …
Company of the month…Clarion!
21-12-23Our stories • Posted by Honey Best-Barton
We are so pleased to announce that our latest Company of the Month is Clarion! This month we would like to celebrate our new Company of the Month, Clarion, who have raised over £10,000 this year for Candlelighters! We are so pleased with their incredible fundraising efforts for this year. They have found creative ways …
Company of the month…Yorkshire Spa Retreat!
21-12-23Our stories • Posted by Honey Best-Barton
We are so pleased to announce that our latest Company of the Month is Yorkshire Spa Retreat! We are delighted to announce that the fabulous Yorkshire Spa Retreat are our Company of the Month! Having joined Club Candlelighters last year and pledging to donate at least £5,000 per year for the next three years, the …
Yorkshire family of Amelie, who was diagnosed with leukaemia at two: “We didn’t know where we would be on Christmas Day” | Christmas at Candlelighters!
23-11-23Our stories • Posted by Honey Best-Barton
Shortly before Christmas 2022, Jo and Tom Adams, from Baildon, West Yorkshire, were given the worst news for a parent: their daughter, Amelie, had been diagnosed with cancer.  After a couple of trips to the doctors, suspected tonsilitis, and a visit to the local hospital, a nurse arranged for Amelie to have some blood tests. …
Company of the month…Howard Civil Engineering!
21-11-23Our stories • Posted by Honey Best-Barton
We are so pleased to announce that our latest Company of the Month is Howard Civil Engineering! This month we would like to celebrate Howard Civil Engineering as they have made some excellent fundraising efforts for Candlelighters and purchased new toys for the Play Room! In September, a courageous team from the company participated in …
Research centre launched to tackle life-threatening side-effects of childhood cancer treatments
09-11-23Our stories • Posted by Honey Best-Barton
Across the UK, 2,418 children and teenagers are diagnosed with cancer each year, and of all children who unfortunately pass away, one in three die not because of cancer but because of the side effects of treatment.  Although treatments are much more effective now, for children and young people, they are harsh and have terrible …

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