Trusts & Foundations

Every day at Candlelighters we continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity and dedication of our supporters. We are lucky to work with a number of charitable trusts and foundations from Yorkshire and across the UK, who are vital in helping Candlelighters to deliver our mission of bringing light and hope to families facing childhood cancer.  The difference that these grants have made, and continue to make, is truly life-changing: making the unbearable a little more bearable for ordinary families facing extraordinary circumstances.

Trusts and foundations can support Candlelighters through a variety of channels, from annual donations which are instrumental in helping us achieve our priorities as a charity, to working with us to fund a specific element of our family support or research projects.

Your Journey with Candlelighters

We want to build mutually beneficial partnerships with our supporters. Whether you want to fund a specific project or support our wider goals as a Charity, a dedicated member of our team will bring you detailed, personal reporting on the impact of your grant, bringing you even closer to the people you are supporting. We also love welcoming trusts and foundations to The Square, our family support centre, to see first-hand how their support is changing lives.

Who Supports Us?

The Kentown Wizard Foundation were one of the pivotal founding donors to the Candlelighters Cottage, which we bought and renovated to provide free 'home away from home' accommodation for families, located a stone’s throw away from the Leeds Children’s Hospital.

Without this accommodation, parents can be away from their child with cancer or siblings for extended periods of time. The Candlelighters Cottage enables families to stay together, helping to keep some kind of sense of normality at a time when it can feel like everything around them is falling apart.

Contact Us

We are always looking to develop new relationships with Trusts and Foundations that share our values. If you are involved with a Trust or Foundation and would consider supporting Candlelighters, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We would love the opportunity to meet or send you more information. Bernadette Sampson is our Philanthropy Specialist and looks after our brilliant Trust and Foundation supporters. You can contact Bernadette by emailing

Our stories

Our Company of the Month is… The Pure Technology Group!
03-12-19Our stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
Our very first ‘Company of the Month’ award goes to The Pure Technology Group, who this month celebrate donating £75,000 to Candlelighters. We have been so lucky to partner with The Pure Technology Group for 5 years and are just consistently amazed at the passion, commitment and support of their whole team to help Candlelighters …
Josh Warrington Supports the Candlelighters Christmas Raffle!
29-11-19Our stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
This Christmas, IBF Featherweight World Chamption boxer, Josh Warrington, is supporting Candlelighters by offering the prize of a personal training session in our annual Christmas Raffle. Josh Warrington, who was born in Leeds, has supported Candlelighters for many years now and is delighted to be able to offer this ‘money can’t buy prize’ to the …
Welcome to Candlelighters in Your Community
22-11-19Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
Candlelighters in your Community will provide the same great range of services previously offered on board the Candlelighters bus, however they will now be delivered in community spaces across Yorkshire. This new model of support will grant us the flexibility to reach more families and also the opportunity to provide more resources as we increase …
Candlelighters got super spooky with their Halloween parties in Leeds and Hull!
01-11-19Our stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
Candlelighters got super spooky with their Halloween parties in Leeds and Hull! For the first time ever, Candlelighters hosted a Halloween party in Hull alongside our annual Halloween event in Leeds. Each year Candlelighters host many different themed events for families across Yorkshire. These events, run by the Family Support Team at Candlelighters, are extremely …

Your stories

13 miles in memory of Thomas!
05-12-19Your stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
Our fantastic supporter Carly rallied 35 friends and family members to take on a 13 mile walk from Saltaire to Leeds on what would have been her sons 13th birthday. Thomas, who was diagnosed in March 2011, sadly passed away aged 5 years old on the 20th April 2012 from Neuroblastoma. Carly arranged the special …
Team Rueben launches!
05-12-19Your stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
Rueben’s mum very sadly passed away from cancer nearly 3 years ago at the young age of 33. Following this tragic news, on the 30th May 2019 doctors found a sizeable mass on the right hand side of Rueben’s brain which was found to be a high graded cancerous tumour. Rueben was taken for brain …
Tom Alloway and his colleagues have taken on an epic Movember in support of Candlelighters.
25-11-19Your stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
Tom Alloway and his colleagues have taken on an epic Movember in support of Candlelighters. This is their story: The Team The Exams Team at the University of York is made up of myself Tom, Dan, Jacob and Adam as well as Jo our manager. We had the idea about doing Movember as a bit of …
Team George hit our screens!
19-11-19Your stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
Mark Gallimore, founder of Team George, recently hit the screens of York TV alongside Chloe White one of our Community Fundraisers! Mark and his wife Helen Gallimore created Team George after their son George was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2013. From diagnosis and throughout his illness, George and his family were supported by Candlelighters. “Without …
Our supporters get their spook on!
12-11-19Your stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
Our supporters get their spook on! Having been inspired by one of our families’ stories, Louise Byrne and her family hosted a spooktacular Halloween party in support of Candlelighters. In less than a week, Louise and her family managed to pull together lots of ghostly bakes, a yard sale and even some ghastly entertainment!! Friends, …
Our Young Fundraisers are stepping up their game!
08-11-19Your stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
In Summer 2019, Will Caygill from Skipton took on the epic ‘coast to coast’ challenge from Morecambe to Bridlington in support of Candlelighters, who supported two local children he knew, and CALM. Will smashed both his personal and fundraising target, completing the 274km route in three days by cycling for 8 hours every day! His …