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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 …

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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 …
Supporter Spotlight – Stacy Procter
20-05-21Your stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We were delighted to see our volunteer and supporter Stacy was featured in the press recently for her Captain Tom 100 challenge in aid of Candlelighters! Upon hearing of the Captain Tom 100 – a fundraising challenge in memory of the late Captain Sir Tom Moore – Stacy decided to rally friends and family to …
Kingsley’s Ultra-marathon
14-05-21Your stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
Today we’d like to recognise the incredible fundraising efforts of Kingsley Dove, who will complete an intense 100-mile ultra-marathon later this year and has already raised over £2,500 for Candlelighters in support of his cousin’s son, George. George’s mum, Emma, said, ‘On 9th September 2019, I turned up at the Leeds General Infirmary A&E department, …