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We would love to share some of your stories whether they are about personal experiences on treatment, in fundraising, or anything else you would like to share. Send your stories and photos to info@candlelighters.org.uk. © Karen Turner Photography, header image.

Our stories

Eli’s Story
16-04-21Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
My name is Naomi, and I’m Eli’s Mum. I’m 27 years old. Eli was two and a half when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). He was diagnosed on the 18th of September 2019. He is now four years old, and due to finish treatment the day before his sixth birthday. At the …
Every Step of the Way…Rhian’s Story
09-04-21Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
Hi everyone. We are Julie and Andy, parents to Rhian and Keeley.  Rhian was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) shortly after her fifth birthday in 2015. She completed her treatment in August 2017 and was clear of cancer for 20 months. She sadly relapsed in April 2019 and then during her treatment for this …
Company of the Month – Squire Patton Boggs
07-04-21Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We’re delighted to announce that our company of the month for March is the fabulous team at Squire Patton Boggs, Leeds. They chose Candlelighters as their charity of the year for 2021 and have been going great guns to raise funds for us, despite the challenges of fundraising when most of the team are working …
Young Dreamers
06-04-21Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
Are you a past patient or sibling supported by Candlelighters? Are you aged 18 and over? If YES….then we need you! As we move into 2021 and start planning for the future, Candlelighters want to ensure that the voices of the children and young people we support are heard, so they can feed into our …
Jensen’s Story
18-03-21Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
We are mum Beverley, dad Jason, big brother Ethan and Jensen from Huddersfield. Jensen, now six, is a fun-loving, adventurous little boy who always keeps us on our toes. Jensen was diagnosed with B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma in September 2018. We had been worried about his health for a while, going back and forth to the …
Children’s Cancer Charity draws attention to cause during Brain Tumour Awareness Month
16-03-21Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
Children and families worldwide are devastated daily by brain tumour diagnoses, with around 50 children diagnosed with brain and other central nervous system tumours each year in Yorkshire alone. During Brain Tumour Awareness Month, Yorkshire children’s cancer charity Candlelighters aims to raise awareness of brain tumours and the need for greater research funding. Brain tumours …
Talking Brain Tumour Research with Ryan Mathew
08-03-21Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
Candlelighters has funded research into the understanding and treatment of childhood cancers for 30 years. Academic neurosurgeon, Ryan Mathew, has been supported by Candlelighters since 2018, as part of a four year funding programme to enhance brain tumour research. Ryan qualified as a doctor in 2005 from the University of Leeds. Following his passions of …
Ralph’s Story
05-03-21Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
Ralph was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoma at the age of six. It was a complete and utter shock to the whole family as Ralph had always been a very healthy little boy. He had been unwell with suspected tonsillitis for a few weeks. We’d been back and forth to our GP and an overnight stay …

Your stories

David’s 10k Challenge
08-04-21Your stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
Today we’d like to recognise the fabulous David Slater, who is undertaking a mammoth challenge to run 10k EVERY DAY for 10 weeks to raise funds for Candlelighters and Mind, hoping to raise an epic £10,000 to split between both charities!   David, Chief Operating Officer at The Property Buying Company, aptly began his challenge …
Hughie’s Legacy Hoorah
12-03-21Your stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
‘Hughie Wilson Eyles was born on 14th October 2019. At four weeks old, Hughie developed a high fever and a rash. With his mum, Chloe, being a qualified nurse of nine years, she knew something wasn’t quite right with our little boy. After a phone call to 111, an ambulance was sent, and Hughie was …