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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York Balloon Fiesta
02-08-18Our stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
Our York Candlelighters Group are delighted to announce that they will be at the upcoming balloon festival at York Racecourse between 28-30th September. They were there last year and it was an amazing and fun event! They are looking for volunteers to help man their stall (tombola and chatting to visitors). If you have a …
Summer Activity at Breeze on Tour
01-08-18Our stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
Candlelighters are leading on a Family Challenge Activity at Breeze on Tour at: Roundhay Park on 1st and 2nd September Kirkstall Abbey on 15th and 16th September. It will have a number of obstacles and some quiz questions/ fun facts. Donation entry is a minimum of £1 per person.
Candlelighters joined by surprise celebrity guest: Bear Grylls!
30-07-18Our stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
An exciting event took place yesterday to celebrate the significant efforts of Central Yorkshire Scouts who raised over £6000 for Candlelighters through the Youth Commissioners Challenge 2017-2018. But to top it all off, we were joined by none other than Chief Scout, Bear Grylls! He made a flying and grandiose visit, rolling in on a helicopter and sharing his axe-wielding …
Candlelighters funded research – latest update
11-06-18Our stories • Posted by Sean Donnelly
Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that forms in certain types of nerve tissue. It most frequently starts from one of the adrenal glands, but can also develop in the neck, chest, abdomen, or spine. In the UK, 100 children are newly diagnosed with neuroblastoma every year. Candlelighters have funded research over the last year …

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Fantastic Fenby Four
02-08-18Your stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
Summer of Sporting Challenges by the Four Fenby Boys Four boys aged 16, 14, 12 and 8 years old from York have set themselves an incredible number of challenges to raise funds for Candlelighters, because they want to use their summer holidays to help others. The younger two boys became aware of the work and …
Julie and Lee host concert in memory of their son Maxwell, raising a staggering £5000.
01-08-18Your stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
Julie and Lee’s youngest child, Maxwell Lewis Johnson, started treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia a long time ago, back in Dec 1996. Although, sadly, Maxwell lost his battle after a Bone Marrow Transplant, they remembered their time at Jimmy’s with love and pride in the braveness that Maxwell approached each milestone along his journey. Every …
Local community Zumbathon raises whopping £533.51 for Candlelighters!
01-08-18Your stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
On Saturday 30th June, three fantastic fundraisers, Charlene, Brianne and Julie, held a family fun day at Core Gym, Greengates in Bradford. The day was kicked off by players from Bradford City AFC and cheerleaders of ND Dance, and followed by brilliant dance performances by local schools. As part of the fun day, they hosted …
Leeds University Students raise over £21,752 by ‘Pedalling to Prague’ in aid of Candlelighters
19-06-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
A team of 42 students from Leeds University have come together and already raised over £21,752 in aid of Candlelighters. Leeds RAG, the official fundraising society of Leeds University Union, have organised the trip, and chosen to support Candlelighters. They will be setting off from Leeds on Monday 18th June, making the 800 mile journey …
Local Leeds based furniture company support Candlelighters Cottage Campaign by fitting out all four bedrooms
12-06-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
On Friday 11th May, The Lord Mayor of Leeds, accompanied by Candlelighters Corporate Fundraiser Amy Harrison went to meet Andrew, Vanessa and Gareth at Curtis Furniture in Leeds. During the visit, The Lord Mayor and the Candlelighters team were taken on a tour of the factory, meeting members of floor staff who will help to …
Fundraising in memory of Maci raises £17,000!
11-06-18Your stories • Posted by Sean Donnelly
Family and friends of Maci Craddock have recently raised over £17,000 in her memory. They held a charity auction evening filled with live music at Ponderosa’s Lakeside Restaurant in March, in aid of Candlelighters, Ward 52 at Leeds Children’s Hospital and Forget Me Not Hospice. Maci Craddock was diagnosed with a brain tumour while on …