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].

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Join our fundraising groups at their summer balls!
16-07-24Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We’re delighted that two of our fundraising groups will be hosting fabulous fundraising balls this August. Ilkley Candlelighters and Knaresborough Candlelighters would like to invite you to their summer balls to help raise vital funds for children and young people with cancer. Find out the details below… Ilkley Candlelighters Dance the night away and raise …
Saturdays at The Square
28-06-24Our stories • Posted by Becky Pearey
Candlelighters have been trialling opening our Family Support Centre, The Square on Saturdays to increase access to our support for our families. On Saturdays at The Square, Lucy Peel and Jess Burton, two of our Family Support Workers have provided wonderful crafts, fun activities, and food offerings. Our Sarnies and Smoothies on a Saturday have …
Yorkshire children’s cancer charity celebrates return of largest annual fundraiser, ‘Pink It Up week’
20-06-24Our stories • Posted by Becky Pearey
Yorkshire children’s cancer charity Candlelighters has celebrated the return of its largest annual fundraiser, ‘Pink It Up’ week.  Every year Candlelighters urges the community to get involved in pink-themed fundraising activities to support children and families affected by childhood cancer.  ‘Pink It Up’ is the charity’s flagship campaign. Since 2019 Candlelighters have encouraged people across Yorkshire to help them paint the county pink through various, pink-themed …
Candlelighters one of the top three charities in the UK for Charity Governance Award!
28-05-24Our stories • Posted by Honey Best-Barton
Candlelighters has been shortlisted as one of the top three charities in the UK for the ‘People in?Governance’ national award in the Charity Governance Awards! Annually, over 150 children in Yorkshire are diagnosed with cancer. When a child is diagnosed, lives are turned upside down instantly: not just for the child but the entire family. …
Candlelighters Team Proudly Attend Palace Garden Party
13-05-24Our stories • Posted by Honey Best-Barton
We are celebrating after two of our leaders attended a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace! Emily Wragg, our Chief Executive Officer, and Keith Hardcastle, our Chair of Trustees, were invited in recognition of our work, and they were amongst specially selected guests from across the UK.   Emily Wragg explains: “We were thrilled to have been …
Rohan Randhawa and Mathew Bower, recently appointed Candlelighters Trustees, give back to charity
23-04-24Our stories • Posted by Becky Pearey
As a children’s cancer charity, it is vital that the voices and experiences of patients help guide what we do. We were thrilled when two former patients, Rohan Randhawa and Mathew Bower, joined our Trustee Board last year. Rohan and Mathew provide incredibly valuable input to ensure children, young people, and families are at the …
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 …

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