Introducing the next award category nominees: Young Fundraiser of the Year

These young people have all done an amazing job raising the awareness and fundraising for Candlelighters over the past year.

Alexander Murphy

AJ was the first one to receive his Central Yorkshire Scouts Challenge badge, a special badge developed for fundraising for Candlelighters. He was keen to support us after we supported his family when his brother Oliver was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia last year. AJ actively approached companies to ask for tasty donations and received many generous offerings. AJ wanted to collect sweets for patients, as sweets in the eyes of a seven year old “make everyone happy.” He has continuously strengthened our relationships with local Asda’s and companies who have continued to donate things for the services side of Candlelighters. He has demonstrated non-stop effort and even managed to get his beavers involved with a long ‘park crawl’, raising over £500 and inviting our team to do an awareness speech.

Ewan Milner-Bartle

Ewan moved up to high school in September and met his new best friend Cerys. They had been friends for just 8 months when Cerys was diagnosed with cancer. He selflessly organised fundraising to support his friend, cutting off his own hair when he heard she would be losing hers saying, “I just want to make my friend happy”. Ewan organised the head shave at his auntie’s hairdressers surrounded by friends and Cerys herself and was relentless in his efforts to raise money to support his friend and others in a similar situation.  Ewan also organised some great press coverage, helping to raise awareness across the Hull area and in his school with friends.

 

Freddie Brook, Charlotte Deniz, Thomas Deniz

Freddie, Tom and Charlotte wanted to raise money for Candlelighters for their friend Elliott Robinson who received support from Candlelighters and sadly died in March 2018. They stand out because they wanted to do something positive in a heart-breaking situation. During the Christmas holidays in 2017, the trio ‘Swam the Channel’ to raise money. They each swam 21 miles (33.6km) in a local pool over 12 days, with just Christmas Day and Boxing Day off. That is 112 x 25m lengths per day for 12 days or 1,344 lengths each, 4,032 lengths in total!! They collectively raised £14,811.83. The group also got involved with press work in The York Press, as well as joining in the fundraising with school friends at St Olaves School in York.

 

Taylor Aitcheson

Taylor, a local tennis star, decided he wanted to give back to the community. He optimised on his sporting success and contacts to increase awareness of Candlelighters. Taylor, with the support of family and friends has raised over £5,000. He organised a 1 mile walk last year and again this year, with over 40 participants and promoted this to local schools, getting his wider community involved and engaged. Taylor has increased awareness too, appearing in newspapers and on Leeds Radio stations. Taylor introduced local business men who support his sporting career, to the charity. One contact arranged for 7 Lamborghinis to follow the funeral procession of a young boy, who sadly had passed away from cancer; Lamborghinis were his favourite cars. Taylor wanted everyone to feel appreciated and even held a ‘thank you’ night, with live entertainment for all involved.

You might also like...

Candlelighters Team Proudly Attend Palace Garden Party
We are celebrating after two of our leaders attended a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace! Emily Wragg, our Chief Executive Officer, and Keith Hardcastle, our Chair of Trustees, were invited in recognition of our work, and they were amongst specially selected guests from across the UK.   Emily Wragg explains: “We were thrilled to have been …
Rohan Randhawa and Mathew Bower, recently appointed Candlelighters Trustee, give back to charity
As a children’s cancer charity, it is vital that the voices and experiences of patients help guide what we do. We were thrilled when two former patients, Rohan Randhawa and Mathew Bower, joined our Trustee Board last year. Rohan and Mathew provide incredibly valuable input to ensure children, young people, and families are at the …
Candlelighters accredited as 36th in Top 100 Great Places to Work in the UK!
Our team are celebrating after being accredited as one of the Top 100 Great Places to Work in the UK. We placed number 36! CEO of Candlelighters, Emily Wragg says: “This is a huge achievement for us and reflects the positive actions of each employee in creating a supportive working environment. Our donors, volunteers and families …