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

Candlelighters funded research – latest update
11-06-18Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that forms in certain types of nerve tissue. It most frequently starts from one of the adrenal glands, but can also develop in the neck, chest, abdomen, or spine. In the UK, 100 children are newly diagnosed with neuroblastoma every year. Candlelighters have funded research over the last year …
Cottage Children’s Book
29-05-18Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
We have had a wonderful book written by children’s author, Donna Iliffe-Pollard, for children staying at the Candlelighters Cottage. Donna has donated her time and writing skills to create something that will make a lasting difference… We want to ensure that children feel safe and comfortable when staying with us. What better way to do this …
The Kentown Wizard Foundation provide incredible boost for Candlelighters Cottage Fund. The Kentown Wizard Foundation provide incredible boost for Candlelighters Cottage Fund.
18-04-18Our stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Back in September, The Kentown Wizard Foundation announced that they would match fund up to £250,000 towards the Candlelighters Cottage project, meaning that every penny raised by supporters would be doubled. The Cottage Campaign, to raise half a million pounds, was launched in May this year by the Lord Mayor of Leeds and will fund …

Your stories

Skipton Fire Station fundraise in support of local boy, William
25-05-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
On 31st March Skipton Fire Station held an open day in order to raise money for Candlelighters in support of a local Skipton boy, William Bramley. The team from the station were overwhelmed by the support of all the people who attended on the day and managed to raise an incredible £4000! William, who is …
700 miles in 7 days to support children with cancer
24-05-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Two Men Are Raising Money For Families Across Bradford With Children Being Treated For Cancer. Mike and Andy are raising money for Candlelighters by cycling from Bradford to Hull, then Rotterdam and on to Arnhem and then Hamm in Germany, they will also be riding to the Mohne Dam and Wewelsburg Castle and Bach! This …
Printing company goes pink and purple to fight childhood cancer
23-05-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
On the 18th May, York based printing company, Inc Dot held a cake and coffee morning to raise money and awareness of childhood cancer. Managing director of the company, Nick Turnbull, also pledged to dye his hair bright pink to match the Candlelighters colours, giving their fundraiser that extra wacky edge! At the age of …
Porsche specialists continue to support Candlelighters
13-04-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Leeds based Porsche specialists, Strasse, continued their successful fundraising efforts at a recent Porsche Festival at Lotherton Hall. Thousands of people turned up to admire hundreds of Porsche’s that were participating in the event. A huge raffle, as well as donations from stall holders and The Porsche Club of Great Britain helped raise £4500. Lindsay …
Inspirational open water swimmer has her book published and 200,000 followers reading her blog!
06-04-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Jacqui Hargrave from Knaresborough has supported Candlelighters for many years, attending balls and events held by the Harrogate Candlelighters, who are a group of volunteers who raise funds for the charity. In January 2017 Jacqui had surgery on both of her feet that left her unable to walk further than the kettle and back, for …
Pig and Pastry raise over £20,000 for Candlelighters
06-04-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
The Pig & Pastry on Bishopthorpe Road, York was established in 2008 by Julia and Steve Holding. It is a family run, neighbourhood café with a fun, buzzy atmosphere, full of delightful treats and named one of the “Best places to eat in York” by BBC Good Food magazine in 2017. The menu includes breakfast, …
Epic Tri-Challenge for Candlelighters
03-04-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Darren Grant and Shaun Wilson from York have set themselves a huge, rather unique ‘Tri-Challenge’ to raise funds for Candlelighters. They did their first ‘Tri-Challenge’ last June and raised an incredible £1469.50 in memory of Nioni Grant, Darren’s niece, who sadly lost her life to Leukaemia in January 2016. In June this year they will …