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

Candlelighters’ support bus kicks off 2017 with weekly visits across Yorkshire
18-01-17Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
After a successful string of trial visits across Yorkshire in Autumn last year, the Candlelighters Bus will now regularly be visiting spots around the region- and we want to invite every family affected by childhood cancer (both currently, and in the past) to join us at our organised locations. Initially launched at the Candlelighters Awards …
Ilkley Candlelighters £38K total to go to research projects
21-12-16Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
The Candlelighters Award-winning fundraising group, Ilkley Candlelighters, have truly worked their socks off this year by raising an incredible £38,000. Candlelighters Charity Director, Jo Shepheard, met up with the committee last week to accept a cheque for the total amount. This funding will go towards ensuring the continuation and growth of key research projects into …
Who won the Candlelighters Christmas Raffle?
20-12-16Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
On Tuesday 20th December at midday, we were joined at The Square by ‘Captain America’ who valiantly drew the winning tickets, before kindly visiting children on the ward round the corner at Leeds General Infirmary. The winning tickets are as follows: 1.) £500 worth of Toyland Toyshop toys: TICKET NO. 101404 2.) A one-night stay …
Meet York Candlelighters!
09-12-16Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
We are delighted to say that the York Candlelighters fundraising group has now been officially established! At the Candlelighters Awards in September, several award winners and nominees from the York area had a conversation about getting together as a group. Within a month, York Candlelighters was formed! The group is a great mix of talented …
Harrogate Candlelighters break record with Casino Royale Ball
14-10-16Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Congratulations to the incredible Harrogate Candlelighters committee for breaking their fundraising record through the organisation of their 2016 ball. The ball, which took place in The Crown Hotel in Harrogate, was Casino Royale themed and raised £42,375. The committee, who recently won a special recognition award at the Candlelighters Awards, would like to thank main …

Your stories

Be inspired by 10 year old Ella’s Year of Challenges
27-01-17Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
What an amazing total from Ella’s Year of Challenges! Since finishing treatment, Ella has immersed herself in various challenges to raise money for Candlelighters, and has raised an astounding £3864.54. And she didn’t do it alone! She was supported by brother Edward, mum Jane and dad Chris, and between them, they have embarked on various …
South East Asia Cycle Success for Supporter Jo
27-01-17Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Back in September, we told you all about the story of Jo Richardson and the preparations she was making for her cycling challenge in South East Asia in November. Jo set herself the target of cycling from Vietnam to Cambodia (in intense heat and humidity!) to raise money for Candlelighters, after we supported her friend Eve …
Walker Morris off to a flying start fundraising for Candlelighters
25-11-16Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
We were recently delighted to hear that Leeds-based commercial law firm, Walker Morris, had chosen to support us as their ‘Charity of the Year’. Only weeks in, the team have already participated in the Abbey Dash in Leeds, raised money through a Halloween-themed Day… and they’re about the launch their Christmas Raffle! And they haven’t stopped …
Leeds company raise £2,000 from sponsored 21-mile row for Candlelighters
21-10-16Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Food Industry Associates were recently delighted to break the £2000 mark in their incredible rowing fundraiser for Candlelighters. In their words, hear about their achievement.   Leeds based company Food Industry Associates took on a demanding 21-mile row on Friday in aid of Yorkshire’s children’s cancer charity, Candlelighters.   Food Industry Associates, who recruit sales …
No shaving in 2016 for fundraising ex-rugby star Craig Wright
30-09-16Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Candlelighters are being supported throughout 2016 by former rugby player, Craig Wright (a.k.a. Wrighty), who isn’t shaving his head or beard for the entire year! Craig’s desire to support Candlelighters stems from his son’s diagnosis of Burkitts Lymphoma in 2008 at the age of 12. Speaking of Andrew’s treatment and time with Candlelighters, Craig said: …