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

Your stories

Bean Bag Bazaar donate soft furnishings to Candlelighters
08-03-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Candlelighters would like to say a huge thank you to, a company who have recently donated bean bags, cushions and other soft furnishings to Candlelighters. BeanBagBazaar is a family business, based in Northumberland and is home to the UK’s widest range of high quality bean bags. They pride themselves on  being bean bag experts …
Running for Skye raises £1200
07-03-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
On the 11th Feburary 2018, family and friends of Skye Sutcliffe brought the community of Middleton together and held their 4th annual Running for Skye, A 5KM family fun run, at Middleton Park in memory of Sky Sutcliffe who sadly passed away after battling with a rare form of cancer known as Biphenotypic Leukaemia. This …
Paul puts his feet up, and we raise a glass to the landlord who has supported Candlelighters for 30 years
05-03-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Paul Horsman, aged 72, is retiring as the landlord of the York Inn Pub in Easingwold after more than 30 years. During this time, he has raised over £40,000 for Candlelighters. His customers, old and new, raised a glass for him at the pub on Saturday 17th February to wish him well. The leaving party …
Brother’s bunny hop their way to raising over £1000 for Candlelighters
01-03-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Brothers, Mason aged six and Alfie aged three will be taking part in the  Bunny Hop event in March to raise money for Candlelighters. Around six months ago, Alfie was sadly diagnosed with Retinoblastoma which is a rare form of cancer affecting the tissue of the eye. Since then, Candlelighters have supported the family and …
Lights4Fun make Candlelighters Cottage twinkle!
01-03-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Harrogate based company, Lights4Fun have recently donated some battery powered Candles and outdoor festoon lights to the Candlelighters Cottage Campaign. Lights4Fun was set up in 2003 after a small idea proposed round the kitchen table became a reality. The company offer a diverse and stylish collection of decorative lighting for everyone. In 2004, the company were …
Friends fundraise for Candlelighters
26-02-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Andrew and James at Alpha Engineering (Selby) ltd wanted to raise money for Candlelighters because they felt it we are a fantastic charity who support so many families across the Yorkshire area. James was willing to do a head shave and Andrew had lots of contacts through friends and family to help him raise money …
Tom’s Scooter Ride
22-02-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Eleven year old Tom Dixon from Norton is planning a mammoth scooter ride, to raise funds for Candlelighters after we supported one of his family members. Tom said, “I am riding my scooter from Malton to Staxton (about 15 miles) on Saturday 17th March because I wish to support this amazing charity. My second cousin …
21-02-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Back by popular demand, Glampfest is a weekend family festival organised by Yorkshire company Glawning. Celebrating all things glamping, it promises to be a weekend to remember for anyone who loves camping in style from 18th to the 20th May. Glampfest is a non profit event located just outside the beautiful North Yorkshire Village of …
Cushion Company, Donna Wilson, donate beautiful soft furnishings to the Candlelighters Cottage Campaign
21-02-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
London based design company, Donna Wilson, have kindly donated some of their UK-made lambs wool and cotton cushions to be used in the refurbishment of the Candlelighters Cottage. Since 2003, Donna and colleagues have been creating colourful, patterned home furnishing made from lamb’s wool that is spun, dyed and knitted in Scotland before making its …
Charlie’s skydive marking sixteen years of support
09-02-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Charlie Snell, now aged 17 was diagnosed with Congenital Neutropenia, aged two and has been receiving annual bone marrow biopsies and blood tests under the care of Professor Kinsey at Leeds Children’s Hospital ever since. Charlie turns 18 in July and will be moving from Leeds Children’s Hospital, to The Queens Centre in Castle Hill, …