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.

Upcoming events:

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.

Circus Starr: Sunday 10th September, 5pm. Killingbeck Fields, Leeds, LS14 6UF. You are invited to Circus Starr’s Birthday Big Top Tour! The show starts at 5pm so make sure you leave plenty of time to get some treats before the show! Due to limited numbers this event is for patients, siblings & their parents/guardians only. Tickets are available for collection from The Square only and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL TICKETS HAVE NOW BEEN ALLOCATED.

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:

Picnic in the Park; On Wednesday 16th August we spent a sunny summers day at Kirkstall Abbey with lots of family members and friends. Everyone enjoyed a picnic, lounging in the sunshine and of course lots of fun & games; including rounders, football, archery, hook a duck, hula hooping & so much more!

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.