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 [email protected]

Our stories

Candlelighters to benefit from Bank of England £10 note auction
07-09-17Our stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
In October, the Bank of England is issuing the new £10 notes, auctioning a number of the new notes with significant serial numbers. Candlelighters are delighted to have been chosen as one of three charities to benefit from the auction and not only that we are the only Yorkshire based charity selected! The auction will …
Changes to telephone advice calls August 2017
16-08-17Our stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
From the middle of August 2017 the Children and Teenage Oncology and Haematology unit at Leeds will be using a new way of responding to phone calls from parents when a child is unwell, or from older teenagers who may ring in themselves.   This is called a ‘Telephone Triage Tool’. When you ring Wards …
Collection Tin Amnesty
17-07-17Our stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
We are recalling all of our collection tins so we can gather the old pound coins from them before they go out of circulation! If you return your collection tin with the old pound coins in it, you can have a brand new empty one from us. This exchange means we can cash in all …

Your stories

Suppoter holding a ball in aid of Candlelighters
08-09-17Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
One of our supporters, Jo Austin is holding a jazz themed ball in aid of Candlelighters on the 23rd September. The evening will be jazz themed with a bit of burlesque thrown in and the ball will also be going gold to support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It will be held at the Regent Centre, …
Supporters take part in Jungle Speed Shear in aid of Candlelighters
21-08-17Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
On Saturday 7th August, supporters Millie and Jonathon Easton held a sheep shearing contest to raise money for Candlelighters, as well as a hog roast, bar and disco. The siblings decided to donate some of the funds raised to Candlelighters as we are currently support the family of a local girl who the Easton’s know …
Lili Braves the Shave for Candlelighters
27-07-17Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
This week, Lili Butterworth from Liversedge shaved her head to raise money and awareness for Candlelighters. She chose to do this after Candlelighters supported her family when her four year old brother, Louie Blue was diagnosed with Leukaemia last year. Lili said:‘I was very nervous but also excited to be doing this for my baby …
When Josh met Toby
13-07-17Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
On the 30th June, local boxer, Josh Warrington came to visit Candlelighters for the afternoon. Josh is the current WBC and has previously held the European, British and Commonwealth and English featherweight titles. The 26-year old was shown round the ward and spent time with children and families, including some patients in isolation. While doing …
The Three Peaks Poem
11-07-17Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
On Sunday 2nd July, Allison Brown, Maria Stephenson and Maria’s fiance, Michael Frankland took part in The Three Peaks challenge to raise money for Candlelighters. Whilst resting at the top of the first peak, Whernside, Author Maria, decided to write a poem for her two-year-old niece Hannah (daughter of Allison and Joseph.) Hannah has Acute …
Candlelighters selected as The White Rosettes barbershop singers chosen charity!
05-07-17Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Candlelighters are delighted to have been selected as the chosen charity in 2017 by The White Rosettes in Leeds. They are an award-winning ladies barbershop chorus with over 70 members who meet every Wednesday in Leeds for rehearsals. The group are currently preparing to defend their European championship and to seek their 16th gold medal …
Family thank school after they raise over £5000
03-07-17Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
In November 2013, Gabrielle Alderson was diagnosed with an aggressive form of children’s cancer. After the diagnosis, Gaby herself, as well as family, friends and the school she attended, worked tirelessly to raise money to fund new treatments, research and raise awareness of the disease. After battling Neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of children’s cancer, for …