“It was 1982 and I had decided to attempt the Bradford Marathon. In our village there was a family who had a young son who was ill with cancer. The children’s cancer unit at Killingbeck Hospital in Leeds were to open a new bone marrow transplant department and he was scheduled to be one of the first to be treated there.
I offered to run the race and to get sponsors for Candlelighters to donate to the unit. I had a t-shirt printed with “Candlelighters ” on the front and got a friend to take a photo of me out ” training ” with my two daughters, Kate ( 12 yrs ) and Sally ( 7 yrs ). I got in touch with the local paper and they picked up on the story and made a feature of it.
I was well supported by local folk , friends, and family. I managed to finish the marathon o.k. and thanks to the generosity of all the sponsors, managed to raise just nicely over a £1000 for Candlelighters.”
– Keith Morgan, Candlelighters supporter