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    

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Introducing the Nominees: Event of the Year!
23-08-18Our stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
Introducing the next award category nominees: Event of the Year! These amazing nominees have organised outstanding innovative, creative and challenging events to support Candlelighters. Bank of England Following the launch of the new £10 note in September, various Jane Austen notes with low or special serial numbers were auctioned for charity in October last year. The auction, …
Introducing the Nominees: Fundraising Innovation Award
23-08-18Our stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
Introducing the next award category nominees: Fundraising Innovation Award!  These amazing nominees have come up with new and interesting ways to raise funds and awareness. We want to recognise them for thinking outside the box and utilisting their unique skills to support Candlelighters.   Pig & Pastry Julia and Steve Holding decided to do something …
Introducing the Nominees: Team Effort
20-08-18Our stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
Introducing the next award category nominees: Team Effort of the Year!  These groups have worked hard thorough out the year both fundraising, raising awareness and supporting Candlelighters. Here is some more information about each of the nominees: Leeds RAG  The Leeds RAG undertook their Pedal to Prague challenge, cycling from Leeds to Prague in June …

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Company donates a good night’s sleep for families
23-08-18Your stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
  Cleckheaton based company, Duvalay, have generously donated 10 of their most comfortable mattresses to the Candlelighters Cottage, due to open in October. The Cottage will provide home from home accommodation near to Leeds Children’s Hospital; enabling families to stay together whilst a child is undergoing inpatient treatment. For many parents sleeping in a chair …
Introducing the Nominees: Above & Beyond Effort of the Year
13-08-18Your stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
With The Candlelighters Awards slowly approaching, we would like to introduce you to our amazing shortlisted nominees – this feature focussed on the ‘Above & Beyond Effort of the Year’ category. Words can’t describe how much these people have done for Candlelighters over the past year but we will give it our best shot.   Adrian …
The Lindsey’s scale Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis in just six days!
09-08-18Your stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
The Lindsey Family decided to in their words ‘having a crack at climbing Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis (the highest mountains in Wales, England and Scotland respectively) in 6 days.’ Graham Lindsey the family’s father said: “We might not manage it all but we’ll give it a good go because we want to raise …
Calverley Golf Club’s Charity of the Year raises over £7,000
08-08-18Your stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
Lee Dane and his wife Emma, who live in Bradford chose Candlelighters are their charity to support this year. Lee is Captain at Calverley Golf Club and he wanted to support a local children’s charity, after reading what Candlelighters do they themselves a target to raise £5,000 through various events from January 2018 until the …
Shannen-Keelie will be shaving her head for Candlelighters and donating her hair to The Little Princess Trust.
07-08-18Your stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
Shannen-Keelie, of Keyingham, gave birth to Charleen Clifton on July 23rd 2015. Unbeknown to them at the time, Charleen was born with Infantile Fibrosarcoma, diagnosed aged just 3 months after her Grandma noticed a lump on her leg. Infantile Fibrosarcoma is a tissue tumour, with a percentage of 1 individual diagnosed every 4 to 7 …
Welcome back RAG Prague
06-08-18Your stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
We would like to welcome back the Leeds RAG’s Pedal to Prague team from their trip. They have now completed the challenge and raised £26,638.99! When returning to the UK the leaders all agreed that it was one of the hardest but most fun challenges they had ever done. They (and we) are so proud …
Layla Wray completes an amazing 50-kilometre ultra-marathon!
06-08-18Your stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
Superstar Layla Wray is going above and beyond for Candlelighters! As part of an ambitious goal, Layla and Max Dalby have set their sights on a whole year of extreme challenges, at least one in every single month of 2018! She has recently completed an impressive 50-kilometre ultramarathon, scaling epic mountains in the Lake District and finishing …