Bringing families together

Candlelighters is a big family and like any family we like to get together, so each year we organise a number of events for all the family. Read more to find out what events we are holding 2017 for all the family to get involved in.

We also run events for groups of specific family members, from mums, dads, grandparents and siblings. If you are interested in attending any of the groups, then please call The Square on 0113 887 8333 or email us


Grandparents Tea Parties; 

Calling all Grandmas & Grandads!!

This is a special event just for you; come along to The Square and enjoy an afternoon of pampering, arts & crafts and afternoon tea! Our Grandparents Tea Parties are for all grandparents/great grandparents, whether on treatment/post treatment or bereaved. The upcoming Grandparents Tea Parties are between 3pm - 6pm on the following dates:

  • Thursday 20th July
  • Thursday 21st September
  • Thursday 23rd November

Dads Groups;

The Square has two types of Dads groups; one group for those Dads who currently have a child on treatment/post treatment and another group for those Dads who have sadly lost their child to cancer.

The next group for Dads (with a child on/post treatment) is currently being please look out for it!


Mums Groups:

Again, The Square has two types of Mums groups; one group for those Mums who currently have a child on treatment/post treatment and another group for those Mums who have sadly lost their child to cancer. The next Mums group (for bereaved Mums) is on Saturday 23rd September, where the Mums are invited to enjoy lunch & then some free time in Harrogate.

The next group for Mums (with a child on/post treatment) is currently being please look out for it!


Upcoming events:

Picnic in the Park; Wednesday 16th August 12pm - 3pm. What better way to spend a sunny summers day than at Kirkstall Abbey with fellow Candlelighters families? We will provide the picnic, drinks & games, all you have to bring is you!


Teens Night In: Thursday 24th August 5.30pm - 8pm. More details coming soon!


Parents & Tots Group: Wednesday 6th September 11am - 12pm. Join us at The Square for our first Music Bugs class! There will be lots of nursery rhymes, counting songs & knee bouncers using a wide selection of different instruments & props. The class will be run by Music Bugs teacher Vicky Bannister. This event is for both patients and siblings aged 6 months to 5 years old. Please note that all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Spaces are limitied so please RSVP by 30th August to book your places, please note that each child is welcome to bring 1 or 2 parents/guardians. Lunch is not provided but there will be snacks, fruit and drinks. When booking your places we kindly ask that you let us know of any allergies or access requirements.

Halloween Party: Thursday 26th October 1pm - 4pm. Our annual Halloween party for patients and siblings; there is always lots of smiles, slime & scares! A frightfully good afternoon for all!


Candlelighters Christmas Party, Sunday 3rd December 2017, Royal Armouriesthis is kindly hosted by the Leeds museum at no cost to the charity. The event is for all patients on treatment and their brothers and sisters, they even receive a gift from Father Christmas!


Previous events - watch out for them again in the future:

On Friday 30th June our peer lead Dads support group visited Castleford Tigers for an evening meal and then stay and watch the match! Thank you to Pure Data Solutions who kindly donated the table and tickets to Candlelighters.


On Thursday 22nd June The Square opened it doors for its Summer of Well being Evening. This evening offers all family members aged over 14 an opportunity to trial some of the many treatments we have at The Squares groups; including massage, energy balancing, facials, brow shaping and relaxation classes! Thank you to everyone who attended, if you missed it don't worry...we are having another one in Autumn/Winter '17!


On Saturday 17th June 2017 Sherburn Aero Club welcomed over 150 guests (including patients, siblings and their parents or guardians) to their annual Candlelighters Charity Day! This fantastic event is totally free to all Candlelighters families and there is so much to keep them entertained; from flying high in planes and helicopters to reaching 180mph in an elite range of sports cars. Sherburn Aero Club also generosly provided a buffet for all the families, face painting & much more! Next years event is currently being planned, so keep your eyes out for the date!


On Sunday 7th May, we welcomed 186 guests to Day of Memories at York Racecourse. This was a special day to remember and celebrate the lives of those lost to children's cancer. There was a memory table, a choir, afternoon tea and a balloon release- with some balloon tags dedicated to children found as far as France in the days after the release!


In April The Square hosted their first Parents & Tots group at The Squares Teddy Bears Picnic - this was an afternoon of messy play, arts & crafts and of course....a family picnic for patients and siblings aged 0 -5! Thank you to everyone who came - we hope you all had a lovely afternoon.