21/10/15Our stories

Yorkshire Children’s Cancer Charity, Candlelighters officially opened their brand new family support centre this week. The Square is the result of extensive research with children’s cancer patients, their families and the medical staff who treat them. This research has shaped a facility that is there to support anyone who has been affected by children’s cancer across our region.

Opened by Candlelighters Patron Lady Emma Ingilby, the centre provides a raft of services ranging from Complementary Therapies to Sibling support groups and everything in-between. The Square is a haven for families with a child on treatment, an escape from the hospital to an environment that is both friendly and relaxing.  It’s also a place for support for those coping with bereavement or any of the challenges children’s cancer presents.

Karen, Harry and Andrew Phillips, proud to be involved in the opening
Karen, Harry and Andrew Phillips, proud to be involved in the opening

Harry Phillips is currently in his third year of treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and helped Lady Ingilby to officially open The Square. Harry and his family have raised in excess of £60,000 for the charity to help Candlelighters make the idea of a dedicated family support centre come to life.

Harry’s dad Andrew was immensely proud to be involved in the project “As a family we have been through a lot and Harry continues to battle ALL and receive treatment. We are so proud to have played a role in supporting the development of The Square and we would like to thank all our friends and family who have eagerly supported all our fundraising efforts.”

National corporation Callcredit who have their Head Office nearby the new facility were also pivotal to the project raising over £80,000 in a year to fit out the building, formerly a language school on Woodhouse Square to become the oasis it is today.

At the opening Lady Ingilby who has been Patron of the charity for over 25 years commented on how far Candlelighters had come in its 40 year history “One of the really important things about the charity is that it’s a family charity and it’s formed from love. You can’t fail to be impressed by the support they offer families affected by children’s cancer and I am proud to be Patron of such a fantastic cause.”

Our chair Stephen Redman, Patron Lady Ingilby & Charity Director Jo Shepheard
Our chair Stephen Redman, Patron Lady Ingilby & Charity Director Jo Shepheard

Candlelighters Charity Director, Jo Shepheard added “It’s been an amazing two years at Candlelighters developing the Square to ensure the whole family is supported in whichever way we can help.   We are so pleased that we have been able to open such a fabulous centre with the support of fundraising from our families and the corporate world in Yorkshire.”

The Square is situated nearby the Clarendon Wing for easy access for families with a child on treatment. Candlelighters look to build on all they have achieved with the Square moving forward, with aspirations to provide much needed support for families across the region in the future.

To find out more about The Square visit our Family Support Pages or watch this short film

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