Will you support Candlelighters by naming your own Candlelighters Star?
As Christmas approaches, many of us are preparing for it to look a little different this year. For families facing childhood cancer, Christmas can already be a difficult time and this year in particular, these difficulties are likely to be felt even more acutely.
A child’s Christmas should be a time free of care and worry, spending precious time with family and friends, making special memories and having fun. But the harsh reality facing many of our children and their families this year is a Christmas of anxiety, isolation and financial hardship. This year, Candlelighters are asking you to name a star to help us continue to support our families over this festive period.
Five-year-old Hannah was first diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia when she was just 11 months old and relapsed again in 2019. After the extreme challenges faced by Hannah and her family this year, it is more important than ever that Hannah gets the Christmas she deserves.
Hannah’s mum, Allison, told us, “Last year, our Christmas Day was spent watching Hannah laying in an induced coma with a ventilator helping her to breathe. The nurses gave us their Christmas dinner, we ate it out of a polystyrene container. The screens we watched showed Hannah’s vitals. We brought over gifts from home ‘just in case’, they sat unopened. We spent Christmas Day heartbroken”.
This Christmas we are asking you to help families like Hannah’s by making a donation to name a star in celebration of someone who has brought light to your life.
There are many reasons to name one of our stars this Christmas and bring light to families during these darkest of times.
You might like to:
- Say thank you to someone that has supported you this year
- Support a child (or children) affected by childhood cancer
- Recognise your business support of Candlelighters
- Thank a colleague or your staff team
- Dedicate a star in memory of someone you have lost
- Recognise the amazing key workers and all their hard work this year
- Name a star as a Christmas gift for someone special
There are five special varieties of star to name and these stars will shine bright on our very own virtual skyline. When you name one of our stars, the star will light up and will display the name of the star, your chosen message, and a photo if you wish.
You can see the generous people who have named their stars below and
click here to name your own.