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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Shop with Savoo and they’ll donate to Candlelighters at no extra cost to you!
26-04-17Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Did you know that when shopping online at your favourite retailers, if you do it via Savoo, Candlelighters will receive a donation at no extra cost to you! There are plenty of discount codes for you to use on Savoo which means that you can save lots on your shopping, and help make a difference to …
Calling all parents, stepparents or carers of a child who has been treated for cancer
21-04-17Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
We would like to ask parents, step parents and carers to complete the following questionnaire. We are looking to expand our service provision within The Square to enable family members to support other families affected by children’s cancer.   The family network could provide support for families in a variety of different ways such as …
Candlelighters kick off the Easter weekend with Teddy Bears Picnic
19-04-17Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
On the Thursday before the Easter weekend, we held a Teddy Bears Picnic at The Square for patients and siblings- and it went down a treat! Designed for children aged 0-7, including patients and their siblings (as well as bereaved siblings), our Project Support Worker Vicky created a whole afternoon of fun. The afternoon included …
Global’s Make Some Noise give £82K to Candlelighters
13-04-17Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
We’re absolutely over the moon here at Candelighters today, after receiving an amazing £82,400 cheque from Global’s Make Some Noise. The amount was presented to our staff by Capital Yorkshire presenters JoJo and Danny. Every single penny of it will go towards supporting families affected by childhood cancer across Yorkshire. Watch the moment we found …

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Candlelighters chosen as Miss West Yorkshire’s Charity Again
22-05-17Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
We are delighted to have once again been selected as the chosen charity for the Miss West Yorkshire competition. The team at Candlelighters have been meeting with some of the competition finalists who are excitedly planning their upcoming fundraising. Contestant Danae Whiteley has been weighing in her clothes for cash to raise funds for Candlelighters! …
‘The Flemish Five’ rack up the miles in support of Candlelighters
08-05-17Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
A group of five friends from Yorkshire have grouped together to cycle from Snaith to Hull, and then onto Holland, in support of Candlelighters. The team have chosen to support Candlelighters because of the support given to their friend, Tim, whose son Patrick was diagnosed with cancer and is now in remission. Starting on Sunday …
Richard makes a splash with super Windermere swim
02-05-17Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Supporter Richard Hunt is embarking on the Great North Swim Challenge on Saturday 10th June this year. After months of training, he will be swimming a mile down Lake Windermere in Cumbria to raise funds for Candlelighters, in support of his friends’ son William who is currently on treatment.   Speaking to Candlelighters, Richard said: …
Karen smashes indoor triathlon challenge!
26-04-17Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Karen Tiffany, from Wakefield, recently smashed her indoor triathlon challenge to raise funds for Candlelighters. She completed the run-swim-cycle challenge, raising an INCREDIBLE £1400. The grandchild of one of Karen’s work colleagues at NPower is currently being treated for cancer and has been supported by Candlelighters. Karen wanted to help in some way after seeing …
Get Inspired by Graham’s Year of Races for Candlelighters
20-04-17Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Graham Silburn has pulled out all the stops and is challenging himself to a string of incredible races this year to raise funds for Candlelighters in memory of his colleague’s daughter, Megan Pratt. He’s already racked up a string of race medals in the early months of 2017, having completed the Ferriby 10 Mile in …
Hinchy’s Marathon Triumph!
13-04-17Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Chris Hinchcliffe successfully completed the Paris Marathon last weekend in memory of Laura Hart. He enjoyed the beautiful blue skies of Paris in April and smashed his fundraising target, raising over £1037 (including Gift Aid) so far. This is the first time he has done any fundraising and what an achievement! Chris’ page is still …