Candlelighters got super spooky with their Halloween parties in Leeds and Hull!

For the first time ever, Candlelighters hosted a Halloween party in Hull alongside our annual Halloween event in Leeds.

Each year Candlelighters host many different themed events for families across Yorkshire. These events, run by the Family Support Team at Candlelighters, are extremely important as they bring ordinary families together who are, or have previously been affected by childhood cancer. Candlelighters support families from diagnosis, throughout treatment and for as long as they require support.

Saturday 26th October saw the launch of our first Halloween party which was held in Hull. With spooky disco music to frightfully fun games, the party was very well attended with over 30 people turning up in fancy dress which included lots of new families who hadn’t previously attended events. There was fantastic feedback from the families who were extremely happy that more events were being launched in Hull, meaning they didn’t have to travel to Leeds but more importantly that they could now meet local families that are on the same journey that they are on.

On Wednesday 30th October, families took over Swarthmore College next to the family support centre The Square, where they got their spook on with eerie arts and crafts, ghoulish food and hair raising dance moves. Everyone really got into the Halloween spirit, including the parents and staff, by coming dressed in some fantastic costumes. From vampires to witches, two giant pumpkins and everything in between, everyone really gave 110% with their costume choices. This year was also the most popular Halloween party in Leeds with over 80 people in attendance!

Natalie, Head of Family Support says: “We hope everyone who attended our Halloween events had a fab time! It was amazing to see so many families attend, and even more amazing that we held our first Halloween Party in Hull. These events are so important as they allow our families to most importantly enjoy themselves, but to also meet other families in a similar situation outside of the hospital setting.”

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