This month we would like to recognise the amazing supportive efforts made by Platinum Asset Protection and Frontline Security. We are amazed that the two companies have been supporting Candlelighters for over a decade!
Frontline Security and Platinum Asset Protection have shown their dedication to raising funds and awareness for Candlelighters with cause-related marketing and by donating a percentage of both companies’ end-of-year annual profits.
Both companies have generously arranged to give 2.5% of their annual turnover to Candlelighters. In January, 2024, Frontline Security 247 Ltd donated an incredible total of £5000 and Platinum Asset Protection Donated a fabulous total of £2,860 to Candlelighters. Business Development Director, Charlie Iffans, visited The Square in January and the two companies made their amazing combined donation of £7,860.
But their support doesn’t stop there! Since 2014, the two companies have also been involved in various fundraising activities such as charity fun nights, creating challenges and courageous teams have taken on the Yorkshire Three Peaks twice and cycled in appalling conditions! Furthermore, they donated over £600 of CCTV installations for Candlelighters.
In the last ten years, their support has raised an incredible £29,884 and they plan to continue completing fundraising activities throughout the year!
Chris Salt, Philanthropy and Relationship Manager for Candlelighters, gave insight to Platinum Asset Protection and Frontline Security into the difference their donations have made to our families – “To give you an idea, your gift is enough to fund all children’s talking therapy sessions for patients and siblings for 5 months of the year giving them access to a safe space to talk through their thoughts, feelings and emotions.”
We are so grateful for the committed efforts of both companies and cannot wait to see what they can achieve throughout 2024!
We are so pleased to announce that our latest Company of the Month is Clarion!
This month we would like to celebrate our new Company of the Month, Clarion, who have raised over £10,000 this year for Candlelighters! We are so pleased with their incredible fundraising efforts for this year.
They have found creative ways of raising funds for Candlelighters like ‘Will you be my Valentine’ where employees anonymously gifted a cupcake to a fellow colleague. They have also held numerous events throughout the year including the Eurovision Sweepstake, a World Book Day competition and they participated in the fun of Pink It Up week.
Some of their courageous staff members have taken part in our challenge events like the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, 150-mile challenge and the Candlelighters abseil. Struan Mackenzie, one of their employees, and his friend embarked on the Wainwright Challenge and raised a fabulous £2,649 for our families!
Clarion have also helped us give our families an extra special Christmas this year. They held their own Christmas Advent Raffle, donated lots of selection boxes for the children at the Candlelighters Christmas party and at the hospital and also made up wonderful gift boxes for our parents on the wards to spread the Christmas spirit.
Clarion plan on offering another year of amazing support for Candlelighters and they hope to beat the total they raised for 2023 with some wonderful events lined up for 2024. We can’t wait to see what they achieve and are so grateful for the excellent effort they have made so far. Donations and commitment like theirs allow us to continue providing and developing our emotional, practical and financial support that we can provide for our families.
‘We are delighted to be able to support Candlelighters in the work that they do to help families across the region affected by cancer. We have been fortunate enough to have attended their Business Collaboration events this year and learn first hand about the support, therapies, events and care packages that they offer as well as the facilities that they have available at The Square and The Cottage.
The new research project led by the University of York is another example of why fundraising for Candlelighters is so important and something that we are proud to be able to support at Clarion.
From bake sales, to sweepstakes, Christmas raffles to abseiling down buildings, walking up mountains to sending surprise gifts to colleagues – fundraising is a big part of Clarion and we have loved working with the team at Candlelighters and look forward to another year collaborating in 2024.’ – Lindsey Wrenn, Partner at Clarion
We are so pleased to announce that our latest Company of the Month is Yorkshire Spa Retreat!
We are delighted to announce that the fabulous Yorkshire Spa Retreat are our Company of the Month! Having joined Club Candlelighters last year and pledging to donate at least £5,000 per year for the next three years, the team have really gone above and beyond this year raising a staggering £49,331!!!
The money was raised from two big fundraising events; a gruelling 598 mile, six day cycling challenge that CEO Miles Dewhurst, Friend Andy Mair, and Gary Molloy of Leisure Resorts took on, as well as the unforgettable Yorkshire Spa Retreat Ball. The cycling challenge saw Miles, Gary and Andy cycle along the coastline of Portugal in September and in a challenging and unforgiving climate, but all their efforts were absolutely worth it as they raised over an incredible £21,500!!
The Yorkshire Spa Retreat Ball was held in November and was a night to remember, with very generous guests donating and purchasing some exciting auction prizes, all to the tune of a fantastic £27,751! Well done to Fenella and Jacqui for pulling together an amazing evening that everyone enjoyed.
Miles Dewhurst and Fenella Ratcliffe-Hobson, Directors at Yorkshire Spa Retreat said, “We are so proud to support Candlelighters. The work the team do is truly amazing, and it’s a pleasure to take part in these events to raise money for such a wonderful Charity.
Thank you to Yorkshire Spa Retreat for all your efforts this year, helping to save lives and bring comfort to families affected by childhood cancer.”
We are so pleased to announce that our latest Company of the Month is Howard Civil Engineering!
This month we would like to celebrate Howard Civil Engineering as they have made some excellent fundraising efforts for Candlelighters and purchased new toys for the Play Room! In September, a courageous team from the company participated in the 15K Tough Mudder event in Skipton and fundraised for us. Overall, Howard Civil Engineering have donated an incredible £15,769 to Candlelighters!
Candlelighters is especially close to Howard Civil Engineering, as one of their staff has had first-hand experience of childhood cancer and received support from us. Ben Heywood, one of the plant yard team, had to endure the unthinkable scenario of childhood cancer diagnosis with his son, Grayson, who was unfortunately diagnosed at eight months old.
Ben’s journey inspired Howard Civil Engineering to raise as much as they could.
Whilst in hospital on one of his many visits, Grayson used the playrooms and the equipment. Because Grayson spent a lot of time in the Play Rooms, Ben wanted to give back not just with a donation from their fundraising but with the purchasing of new toys and equipment.
“We can’t thank the team enough for their incredible efforts to support Candlelighters. To make such an amazing donation and to purchase toys for the Play Team from their Amazon Wish List will make huge such a difference to so many families. We don’t receive any government funding and the current financial climate is more challenging than ever, so their fundraising has made a tremendous difference to the charity and the families we support. All of the money raised allows us to continue providing practical, emotional, and financial support to families in Yorkshire affected by childhood cancer. The toys donated will provide some comfort and create some fun for the children in the Playrooms during their treatment and time at the hospital.” – Iain Blackwood Hobbs, Partnerships.
“I am extremely proud of the HCE team who took part in the tough mudder and blown away by the generosity of our supply chain and main sponsors in supporting such a meaningful cause. The fact the funds raised are going to Candlelighters, a charity that provides crucial support to family’s facing childhood cancer, adds a deeper layer of significance. Its heart-warming to know that the donation will contribute to the year-round support Candlelighters offers, making a real difference in the lives of those affected by childhood cancer. The personal connection our colleague had with Candlelighter, having experienced their exceptional support first-hand, highlights the impact and importance of the work they carry out. This kind of support can be a lifeline for families going through challenging times. It was truly a pleasure fundraising for Candlelighters and Howard Civil Engineering are looking forward to supporting Candlelighters in the future bringing light and hope to families across Yorkshire” – Sophie Henderson, Sustainability Manager.
CHN Financial & Victoria Court Private Clients chose Candlelighters as their Charity of the Year in November 2021 and started their fundraising early 2022. We are incredibly grateful that they chose to continue supporting Candlelighters for a second year this year.
To date they have been involved in many fundraising activities. Over the two years so far, they have hosted charity golf days, football tournaments, Christmas fundraising events and supported Pink It Up week. They have also volunteered their time at the Candlelighters Christmas party.
Also, this year, Peter Simpson from CHN Financial teamed up with Bridges Fitness Centre in Brighouse and entered a team into the Total Warrior 12k event at Bramham Park and jointly hosted a golf day which raised over £4,500.
With more fundraising activities planned this year, their fundraising for Candlelighters currently stands at £15,128!
“We have been supporting Candlelighters over the past 2 years, a charity very close to our hearts as sadly, childhood cancer has impacted one of our own. Over the past 2 years we have seen just how much Candlelighters go above and beyond to support families, in what I can only imagine is the most difficult of times, and as such we are extremely proud to partner with them, ensuring that families can continue to be supported through these dark times. We have run many initiatives to raise funds; some small events such as ‘Guess the Number of Sweets’ for Easter, Halloween (including fancy dress!) and Christmas, Grand National sweep stake and Fantasy Football, and some larger events such as three 5-a-side football tournaments, annual golf day and our upcoming Charity Quiz!” – Deanda King, CHN Financial
“It’s been a pleasure working with the team at CHN Financial & Victoria Court Private Clients and we can’t thank them enough for all the support. They’ve been involved with such a range of fundraising activities and the amount they have raised to date will make such a difference to so many families who have had their lives turned upside to childhood cancer.” – Iain Blackwood Hobb, Partnerships Executive
We are so pleased to announce that our latest Company of the Month is FOD Mobility!
FOD Mobility Group voted for Candlelighters to be their Charity of the Year at the start of the year and since then, we have been so grateful for the excellent ways they’ve been involved in fundraising. Thanks to their fabulous efforts, they’ve reached the brilliant milestone of raising over £5,000 for Candlelighters in the first half of 2023!
Hannah Taylor, Senior HR Officer at FOD said, “FOD Mobility Group is proud to support Candlelighters as our Charity of the Year for 2023. Candlelighters really stood out to us in the level of support they provide to families, from emotional and financial support to family holidays, to hospital accommodation and funding cancer research. We couldn’t think of a more worthy cause to get behind.”
The Bradford Dragon Boat Race, Pink It Up Week, Pancake Day and World Bake Day are just some of the events that FOD Mobility have participated in this year. They also took part in a Eurovision Sweepstake and Hannah and Office Manager, Jenna Clegg, volunteered at our Countryside Learners Family Activity Day back in April.
We’re super excited to see the activities FOD Mobility have planned for the rest of the year!
Hannah continued, “We’ve been getting involved in lots of fun ways – we had a pancake decorating competition, an easter egg competition, one of our exec team was gunged in pink goo for Pink It Up week, and a world baking day sale that got the whole office block together to raise money! Our main event was the Dragon Boat Festival which helped us to exceed our initial fundraising target of £4000. We can’t wait to raise more money throughout the year!”
FOD Mobility’s donation of £5,000 will allow us to continue our vital services for families as well as investing in research to improve treatments and outcomes for children with cancer. We look forward to working with the FOD Mobility team for the rest of the year and hearing all about their next fundraising efforts!
We are so pleased to announce that our latest Company of the Month is Caddick Group!
Caddick have been supporting our families since 2018, and in that time have raised over £100,000! This phenomenal amount has been raised through a huge variety of events, including at their annual ‘Moment In Time’ ball, a legendary event in the Yorkshire fundraising calendar.
A 15-strong group of brave and dedicated Caddick staff also took on last year’s Total Warrior obstacle course and founder and chairman Paul Caddick has personally match-funded many of the donations, helping to reach this incredible amount. Caddick also make an annual donation to further ensure our support for families can continue.
Not stopping with fundraising though, Caddick has been determined to use its resources to help families in other ways too. 17-year-old rugby fan Tiernan from Filey was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2020. Caddick recently gifted Leeds Rhinos tickets to Tiernán to attend a match in Headingley alongside dad Nick and younger brother Caelan.
Nick said the family had an ‘amazing time’, commenting that, ‘Trips such as this really do provide a massive psychological boost to Tiernán, it helps him talk about his cancer and treatment and he very much considers it part of the healing process.‘
The Caddick team have also made a difference to families through volunteering, donating their time to put together Christmas boxes for families in hospital over the festive period, as well as ‘new patient bags’ which are given to newly diagnosed families to help them understand the support that is available to them. And most recently, Caddick was instrumental in organising and funding an abseil to raise funds for Candlelighters using the Moda Building in New York Square which they built, with the event raising over £7,000 and counting.
Caddick Group’s Kairen Brown, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Caddick Group, said, ‘It has been such a pleasure to foster our long-term partnership with Candlelighters over the last five years. The charity continues to inspire us in our support through raising vital funds – whether it be staff fundraising challenges or grants. Candlelighters continues to bring light and hope to families affected by childhood cancer across Yorkshire and we look forward to continuing our ongoing relationship.’
Caddick Group’s current donations to Candlelighters stand at £107,323. This is a truly incredible amount in support of our families and we are so grateful to continue working with them to bring light and hope to children with cancer and their families.
We are so pleased to announce that our latest Company of the Month is Quality Bearings Online!
Quality Bearings Online began supporting us 2022, the same year they celebrated their ten-year anniversary. They kicked off their fundraising efforts with a member of their staff participating in Tough Mudder. Harry Shelborn completed the enduring mud run and obstacle course in an exhilarating effort to raise money for our families.
Since then, the company have shown their support through plenty of fundraising activities such as a charity bake sale on World Bake Day in May, and they had a courageous team take on the Candlelighters Abseil. They have also been kind enough to gift their VIP box at First Direct Arena for our families to use – the Paw Patrol and Disney on Ice performances were certainly a hit with patients and siblings!
Denny Maude, Director at Quality Bearings Online said, “We would just like to say a huge thank you to Candlelighters for making QBOL its ‘Company of the Month’ for May. It’s an incredible recognition for our team and we couldn’t be prouder to be supporting such a fantastic organisation as Candlelighters, we know the amazing work you do for the families fighting children’s cancer.
We’re always looking to raise money from any opportunity that arises, from Harry doing the ‘Tough Mudder’, organising a charity bake sale, to doing the Candlelighters abseil, we’re so pleased that we can help in any way that we can.
We look forward to more of these fundraising events in the future!”
Iain Blackwood-Hobbs, Partnerships Executive at Candlelighters, said, ‘We are so grateful to have the support of the brilliant team at QBOL. They get stuck in with a range of fundraising activities all to support families facing unimaginable circumstances. It’s thanks to support like theirs that we can provide a range of emotional, practical, and financial support to families to help them through a childhood cancer diagnosis. It’s an absolute pleasure to work with Team QBOL to make our support possible.’
QBOL have set an incredible fundraising target of £5,000 for this year. We cannot wait to continue our journey with a company that has shown us brilliant support so far! Thank you, Quality Bearings Online!
We are so pleased to announce that our latest Company of the Month is Bettys York!
The well-known institution, Bettys Café Tea Rooms, has a rich and fascinating history. Our journey with Bettys York began more recently in October 2022 when Candlelighters was nominated as Bettys York’s branch charity by a member of their kitchen staff who had recently lost her cousin to childhood cancer. We are so grateful that the whole of Bettys York supported the decision to select us as their charity of the year for 2022/23. Since then, we have been even more grateful for the consistent support that they have given us.
So far, Bettys have been involved in a wide variety of fundraising activities including seasonal events such as Halloween raffles, selling toffee and chocolate apples for Bonfire Night and a Christmas raffle and quiz night. They also hosted a fundraising day at St Crux Hall in York and have an ongoing tuckshop, as well as bingo, lottery, and staff sales – amazing!
Not only have Bettys contributed through fundraising, but they have also shown their support to our family support groups. They kindly donated Afternoon Teas to support our Mums Groups and donated teabags to the hard-working NHS staff on the children’s wards at the hospital.
Bettys York’s Charity Coordinator, Heather Lister, said, “It has been a joy to raise money through our various events, raffles, charity evenings and sponsored events.
We have particularly enjoyed getting to learn about the support Candlelighters provides to the children and their families and it has been a pleasure to help with some of this by providing tea bags, afternoon tea supplies and advent calendars.
A big thank you to Candlelighters for the amazing work that they do.”
Bettys also have many more exciting activities to come! They’ve planned more themed quiz and meal nights, and some of the brave members of the team are taking part in the Candlelighters Abseil. We hear they’re also planning to take part in our annual Pink It Up campaign and will be participating in an East Coast walk and Yorkshire Marathon Relay!
Our Partnerships Executive, Iain, said, “It’s been an absolute pleasure to have Bettys York as charity partners. Heather Lister (charity committee chair) and all the team at Bettys have been incredible with their fundraising efforts so far and have hosted some great events to raise much needed funds for Candlelighters. It’s great that they have been able to support the charity not just through fundraising but by also providing Bettys treats for our family support groups. They have so much more planned this year and it will be amazing to learn how much they have raised at the end of the partnership.”
Thank you for your brilliant support, Bettys York!
We are so pleased to announce that our latest Company of the Month is Walker Morris LLP!
Last October, the Leeds-based legal company voted to support Candlelighters as their charity of the year for 2022-2023. In the first four months of the partnership, the team have got stuck in and have raised over £5,750 for Candlelighters. They’ve been involved in a range of fundraising activities including a pancake day station, valentines bake sale, World Cup Sweepstake, a corporate trainee challenge, Karate lessons, Christmas Raffle, 12ks of Christmas, and Paralegals Sleep Out to name a few!
Plus, the team have been busy signing up to many challenge events and have rallied teams for the Yorkshire Three Peaks, Leeds 10k, Rob Burrows Leeds Marathon and are even representing Candlelighters at the Paris Marathon in April! Not to mention they have so much more planned to come.
Walker Morris have also been kind enough to sponsor our Candlelighters Business Collaboration Project on the 29th March by hosting the event and helping us to live stream for the first time! (Get your tickets here and join us in person or online for a fun and inspiring evening learning about how we support families.)
Charlotte Bontoft, Charity Committee Chair at Walker Morris said, “We are delighted to support Candlelighters as our 2022/2023 Charity of the Year, helping them support children fighting cancer and their families. Throughout the past four months, we have had a variety of events and activities including bake sales, Movember, annual Christmas Raffle, sweepstakes and karate lessons – and we have so much more planned over the coming months to raise both awareness and funding for this fantastic cause.”
Our Corporate Partnerships Executive, Iain, said, “We were absolutely delighted when we found out in October that Candlelighters had been selected as Walker Morris’s Charity of the Year. They’ve really got off to an amazing start and we can’t wait to see what the team get up to for the rest of 2023. The team have already raised an incredible amount and are making a huge difference to families with their support”.
A huge thank you to Walker Morris for their ongoing support, we’re looking forwards to seeing what the rest of the year has in store!