Kathy takes on her 3rd Marathon!

Why are you running for Candlelighters? I am running the marathon to raise money and awareness for Candlelighters an amazing charity who have made a difference to our life's over the last 18 months and will continue to do so. I am ashamed to say that before Binky (Grace), was diagnosed in April 2017 I had no idea Candlelighters existed, I had no idea of the work they do and how incredible they are and how important they are in the life's of oncology families. Have you done a marathon before? London will be my 3rd marathon, I have completed the Yorkshire Marathon twice. What are you most excited about? Are you nervous? I'm excited and nervous at the same time to be heading to London, excited to be part of such a prestigious event, but also nervous as its huge!! Biggest running achievement... The finish line!!!! What is your favourite post-run snack? Post run snack.. Does a pint of lager count? What fundraising plans do you have? When I started running in 2015 It was because I fancied doing the Great North Run... I was laughed at... I'm not a runner and the wrong side of 40!! Anyway that made me more determined and that year I completed my first GNR, then the Yorkshire Marathon the year after!! I've always raised money for my runs, for various charities, but now I run for charities that have helped us. What top tips do you have for anyone else who wants to take on a long distance run? Yes it's hard work running all those miles but it's nothing in comparison to what our children go through during their treatment. I have a choice to run or not, our children have no choice and that's what I think about when it gets tough and various body parts start hurting, our children. So to answer the question, if I can do it anyone can. Kathy    

Our stories

We are launching our first ever Recruitment Open Day at Candlelighters!
14-03-19Our stories • Posted by Sean Donnelly
We are launching our first ever Recruitment Open Day at Candlelighters! Ever wondered what it’s like to work in Fundraising or Family Support?   Just starting your career, or fancy a change? We’ve got a variety of paid roles, ranging from £16,000 – £24,000 (depending on experience)   Come along to our open days to find out! Wednesday …
Share A Card is back for 2018!
09-11-18Our stories • Posted by Sean Donnelly
You can support Candlelighters this Christmas by opting in to take part in our Share A Card scheme! The Share a Card is a large A4 card, which can make its way around your work place, family, friends and groups, enabling each individual to write and personalise their own festive message. This year our Share …
Experiences of volunteers in a childhood cancer charity
17-10-18Our stories • Posted by Sean Donnelly
Recent research undertaken by a doctoral student at Leeds University, Rachael Eastlaugh, highlights the value of volunteering at Candlelighters. The research firstly looked at motivations for volunteering at Candlelighters and identified three main reasons. These reasons included recognition that the charity works in an emotionally challenging area, that some had used services and felt they …
Cottage magically comes to life!
11-10-18Our stories • Posted by Sean Donnelly
A children’s book, launched last night, has been written to thrill and comfort children staying at the new Candlelighters Cottage, a home from home provision provided by the charity to enable families to be able to stay together when their child is an in-patient receiving treatment for cancer at Leeds Children’s Hospital. The book was …
Art work brings “Hope” to Cottage garden
08-10-18Our stories • Posted by Sean Donnelly
A new art installation has been revealed in the garden at the Candlelighters Cottage for families staying at the home from home accommodation to enjoy. The cottage will enable families to stay together when their child is being treated at Leeds Children’s Hospital for cancer. The artwork is aptly titled “Hope”; made from steel the …

Your stories

Hull Collegiate School’s Carrie and her team of staff and pupils are taking on the Hull 10k!
22-03-19Your stories • Posted by Sean Donnelly
Meet Carrie, who’s taking on the Hull 10k this year with her puplis and staff from Hull Collegiate School! Why are you running for Candlelighters? I’m running with a team of staff and pupils in memory of Hope Rooms who was a pupil at Hull Collegiate School. Hope sadly lost her battle with cancer in 2016. …
Fisical Sport Coaching’s Year of Challenges!
15-02-19Your stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
Fisical Sports Coaching work with schools and pre-schools throughout West Yorkshire to deliver sports coaching, as well as activities at their sports centre in Baildon. Company owners, Tom and James, are keen on raising money for local charities and have previously raised £521 for Sports Relief. This year they have decided to take their fundraising …
Venue Sports and Music Bar Raise £4915 for Candlelighters!
14-01-19Your stories • Posted by Sean Donnelly
Venue Sports and Music Bar Have Raised an Incredible total of £4915 through a coffee morning which they held in November. In November Venue Sports and Music Bar, located on Cavendish Street in Skipton, held a coffee morning to raise money for Candlelighters. Throughout the morning they had coffee, cakes and a raffle as well …
Kathy takes on The London Marathon!
14-12-18Your stories • Posted by Sean Donnelly
Kathy will be taking on the London Marathon in 2019 to raise money for Candlelighters!   Read her story below:     Why are you running for Candlelighters? I am running the marathon to raise money and awareness for Candlelighters an amazing charity who have made a difference to our lives over the last 18 …
Zara gets the chop in her Fund-Razor Challenge!
12-12-18Your stories • Posted by Sean Donnelly
Zara recently took on a ‘fund-razing’ challenge and had her long hair chopped off and donated to The Little Princess Trust whilst also raising money for Candlelighters! Read Zara’s story below!   Tell us more about what you did… I decided to take part and completed the ‘Fund-Razor’ challenge on the 1st December in the …