Be Family

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare… Hearing those words, ‘Your child has cancer’.

That’s the moment you need someone.

Someone who cares deeply. Someone committed and determined. Someone who believes families affected by childhood cancer shouldn’t face it alone. Someone like you.

You can be family to people going through their darkest days by leaving a gift in your will to Candlelighters. Your generosity puts an arm around the shoulders of future Yorkshire families affected by childhood cancer. You’ll lift them up, comfort them, care for them.

A gift in your will can:

• Provide emotional, practical and financial support when families need it most.

• Invest in vital research to improve outcomes and lives for children with cancer.

• Be there for every family, by ensuring Candlelighters is here for future generations.

When you make or amend your will, your loved ones come first, of course. But leaving a gift in your will to Candlelighters is a way to cherish our family – by being family to children with cancer. You’ll join the special Candlelighters family of brave and caring people determined to help children and young people with cancer. And your values and compassion will shine light and hope for generations to come.

A gift in your will could be the most significant donation you ever make. And because we’re a small charity which doesn’t receive many legacy gifts, every donation counts, no matter the size.

It’s very simple to include Candlelighters as a beneficiary in your will, and we promise to spend every penny of your legacy gift wisely and carefully. For over 45 years, Candlelighters has provided essential support for families impacted by childhood cancer, and we’ll make sure your donation is used where the need is greatest.

Please, could you consider a gift in your will to Candlelighters – and be family to children with cancer in the future?

How to leave a gift in your will

Whether you have an existing will or haven’t ever made one, there are straightforward ways to leave a gift in your will to Candlelighters.

Make your will for free with our free will writing service

For supporters who don’t yet have a will, we offer a free will service – a quick and easy way to create a new will, for free. This is available through our carefully selected and fully-accredited service provider, Bequeathed. (Link: https://www.bequeathed.org/candlelighters)

Update your existing will

If you have already made a will and would like to leave a gift for Candlelighters, there are a couple of simple ways you can do this.

  • The first is to write a new will; once a new will is written, it makes any wills made by you in the past, void. In fact, most wills will state at the start that by making a will, you’re revoking any previous wills.
  • You can also amend an existing will, using something called a codicil. A codicil is a document used to change a will that has already been made. You can use a codicil to make simple additions or amendments to an existing will, such as changing the amount of a gift of money, or the addition of an executor or gift.

If you’d like to leave a gift to Candlelighters, you will need to make a note in your will of our registered charity number, which is 1045077, and our address: Candlelighters, 8 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD.

Please ensure that when creating or amending a will, you seek proper legal advice.

Find out more

To learn more about how you can support future generations of children in this special way, or for any help relating to leaving a gift in your will to Candlelighters, please email [email protected] or call us for a chat on 0113 322 9283. We’d love to help in any way we can.

Our stories

Talking Brain Tumour Research with Ryan Mathew
08-03-21Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
Candlelighters has funded research into the understanding and treatment of childhood cancers for 30 years. Academic neurosurgeon, Ryan Mathew, has been supported by Candlelighters since 2018, as part of a four year funding programme to enhance brain tumour research. Ryan qualified as a doctor in 2005 from the University of Leeds. Following hispassions of neurosurgery …
Ralph’s Story
05-03-21Our stories • Posted by Sean Donnelly
Ralph was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoma at the age of six. It was a complete and utter shock to the whole family as Ralph had always been a very healthy little boy. He had been unwell with suspected tonsillitis for a few weeks. We’d been back and forth to our GP and an overnight stay …
Our February 2021 Company of the Month is… FluidIT Consulting!
26-02-21Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We are delighted to announce that our February 2021 Company of the Month is FluidIT Consulting! FluidIT began supporting Candlelighters last year, in response to our pandemic appeal and promptly became members of Candlelighters ‘Team 500’, by making a donation of £500. The team were keen to support in other ways too and decided that …
Charlie’s Story
24-02-21Our stories • Posted by Sean Donnelly
We are a family of four. Dad Phil, mum Shelley, Charlie age six and Max age two. Charlie was diagnosed with Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) in April 2017 before his 3rd birthday. We had no idea that this condition existed until a skin biopsy on his groin area confirmed the LCH. Prior to this, we …
Candlelighters draws attention to cause on International Childhood Cancer Day
15-02-21Our stories • Posted by Sean Donnelly
Monday 15th February is International Childhood Cancer Day, a day when people all around the world come together to observe and recognise the impacts of childhood cancer. In #Yorkshire, over 150 children will be diagnosed with cancer each year and childhood cancer charity, Candlelighters has been there for over 40 years to offer support to …
International Day of Women and Girls in Science
11-02-21Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
11-02-2021 Did you know today is International Day of Women and Girls in Science? To mark the occasion, we spoke to Dr Jess Morgan who, with funding from Candlelighters, recently undertook research which will help children and young people with cancer to spend less time in hospital and more time at home… ‘Hello, my name …
Company of the Month… Barratt Developments!
25-01-21Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
Our company of the month for January – the first company of the month of 2021 is… Barratt Developments!   The brilliant Barratt Developments Yorkshire West has supported Candlelighters since 2018, raising over £30,000 during this time. The onset of COVID-19 meant many of their planned events were cancelled. These included their flagship golf day …
Company of the month… CDS!
21-12-20Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
Our company of the month for December – the final company of the month of 2020 is… CDS!   CDS first began supporting Candlelighters at the beginning of 2020 after choosing Candlelighters as their next charity of the year. The CDS team began the year with big plans and high hopes of raising £5,000 for …

Your stories

Jonathan’s Ten Million Steps in 2021!
26-02-21Your stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
Today we’d like to share Jonathan’s story. Jonathan has set himself an incredible challenge – to walk ten million steps during 2021. This goal works out at a staggering average of 27,397 steps every day (approximately 13 miles!) for 365 days. Jonathan is raising funds for both Candlelighters and The Fire Fighters Charity. Here’s why… …
Rupert Rows the Atlantic for Candlelighters!
12-02-21Your stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We’re excited to share an incredible supporter story with you – that of Rupert Fenby. Having just finished his A-levels, Rupert, along with eleven others will be rowing across the Atlantic Ocean to raise funds for Candlelighters in March 2021. Rupert said, ‘I will be one of the youngest people to have rowed across the …