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 bernadette.sampson@candlelighters.org.uk

Our stories

Young Dreamers
16-08-21Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
As we move into 2021 and start planning for the years to come, Candlelighters want to ensure that the voices of the children and young people we support are heard, so they can feed into the charity’s future plans. Therefore we have launched ‘Young Dreamers’, a new project which will focus on gaining the feedback …
An Extra-Special June Company of the Month Feature!
16-07-21Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We have a slightly different Company of the Month feature for June… we’d like to take this opportunity to give massive thanks to all the businesses who joined in with Pink It Up this year! After a particularly difficult year for our flagship campaign last year and recently receiving our worst two months of income …
Step It Up for Pink It Up
21-06-21Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
Teams of NHS staff from the paediatric oncology wards at Leeds Children’s Hospital are taking on a 900k-step walking challenge, to raise funds for Candlelighters, a children’s cancer charity supporting families across Yorkshire and at the hospital. Staff decided to undertake the challenge as part of Candlelighters’ Pink It Up week from 28th June to …
Company of the Month… The Property Buying Company!
15-06-21Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We are delighted to announce The Property Buying Company as our Company of the Month for May! The Property Buying Company began supporting Candlelighters in March 2020, with Chief Operating Officer, David Slater, deciding to undertake a mammoth fundraising challenge in aid of Candlelighters and Mind. Beginning on 10th March, David challenged himself to run …
PINK Up Your Window Competition!
11-06-21Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
This year PINK IT UP takes place from the 28th June – 5th July AND our BEST PINK Window Competition is back!! Calling all shop windows – florists, hairdressers, independent shops, cafes, schools, businesses and more! Do you have a shop, school or office window that you would like to decorate to support Candlelighters throughout …

Your stories

Supporter Spotlight: Theo’s Coast to Coast Cycle
12-08-21Your stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We’d like to say a ginormous thank you to 12-year-old Theo for his Coast to Coast cycle challenge!   Fabulous Theo decided to take on the challenge of cycling a whopping 140 miles coast to coast, from Whitehaven to Tynemouth, raising over £2,000 for Candlelighters in the process. Theo was inspired to fundraise because of …
In Our Shoes – A Book in Memory of Jess
16-07-21Your stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
Today we’d like to share the story of Jill Weaver and her daughter Jess. Recently Jill published her first book of poetry, inspired by Jess. Below, Jill explains a little about their story. ‘Jess was an eight year old little girl who loved her family, friends and being mischievous! She was spirited, kind and loved making …
Super Ted’s Miles
18-06-21Your stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
Today we’d like to share with you the story of Ted Thomas – or ‘SuperTed’ as he’s affectionately known by many – and his family, comprising dad Andrew, mum Amanda, and big sister Elsie, from Driffield, East Yorkshire. Ted was born in April 2020 to a doting family, and despite some initial difficulty breathing and …
Supporter Spotlight – Jerome
10-06-21Your stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We’d like to say a big big thank you to supporter Jerome who, on Saturday 29th May 2021, along with his friends Tom and Ant, completed a mammoth 85 mile bike ride from Leeds Children’s Hospital to Blackpool. Jerome said, ‘At just a four months old, my two godsons Emre and Elijah were sadly diagnosed …
Supporter Spotlight – Team Eleanor
08-06-21Your stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We’d like to say a huge thank you to the incredible Eleanor and her mum, Emily. In summer 2020, ten year old Eleanor was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia and paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria, two very rare haematological disorders, requiring a bone marrow transplant. Eleanor and her mum are originally from Cambridge, but Eleanor received her bone …