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

Global Makes Noise for Candlelighters
30-09-16Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
On Friday 7th October all of Global’s radio stations, including Heart and Capital FM, will be asking their listeners and friends in the music and entertainment industry to make some noise for charity – and they want you to join in too! Global are asking everyone to dress loud for the day, to help change …
Crafthouse auction Executive Chef to support Candlelighters
30-09-16Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Crafthouse restaurant in Leeds are kindly auctioning their Executive Chef to raise funds for Candlelighters.   The team at Crafthouse are offering you the chance to host your very own dinner party, ran by their Executive Chef Lee Murdoch and his team. The dinner is designed to cater for up to eight people and will …
The Candlelighters Awards….and the winners are….
30-09-16Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Friday 9th September 2016 saw the inaugural Candlelighters Awards, to celebrate the people who help us shine brighter. It was a fantastic emotive afternoon, hosted by Emmerdale’s Matt Wolfenden, bursting with fantastic stories of how our supporters have tirelessly trekked, climbed, run, collected, volunteered and gone above and beyond for Candlelighters in 2015/6. As Chair …
Matt Wolfenden
12-08-16Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
This September sees the first ever Candlelighters Awards in association with Vista. This brand new event looks to recognise the people who make a real difference in the fight against children’s cancer across our region. Emmerdale star, Matthew Wolfenden is set to host the ceremony which will take place during the afternoon of the 9th …

Your stories

Be inspired by Joanne’s incredible South East Asia cycle challenge
30-09-16Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Candlelighters supporter Joanne Richardson will be taking her cycling to another continent this November when she cycles from Vietnam to Cambodia. She spoke to Candlelighters earlier this month to describe the challenge and explain why she chose to support the charity.   Speaking to Candlelighters, Joanne said: “I am flying out to Ho Chi Minh …
Team Guy runs the Great North Run and cycles 80 miles home in his loving memory
07-09-16Your stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
On Sunday 11 September, James Metcalfe will be leading a team of 27 in the Great North Run in memory of his 4-year old son, Guy. Guy was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2014, and sadly died on October 02 2015; he would have been 5 on the 14th of that month. His dad, James, will be …
Be inspired by Broad Gate’s office fundraising
25-08-16Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Corporate backing is absolutely key to helping Candlelighters support families across Yorkshire facing children’s cancer and we were delighted to receive a donation of £500 this week from the staff at Broad Gate offices in Leeds. The participants at Broad Gate showed that fundraising is a fantastic way to bond as a team and have …
Thixendale rapeseed oil team grease the joints for charity run
23-08-16Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Thixendale rapeseed oil team grease the joints for charity run   A trio from a Yorkshire Wolds rapeseed oil business are hoping to be raising more than just their heart rates when they tackle the Great North Run next month.   Spurred on after witnessing a child close to them battle through cancer, Adam Palmer …
Huge success at Sherburn Aero Club Children’s Day
18-08-16Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Thank you to the Sherburn Aero Club who recently held a Children’s Day for Candlelighters families currently on treatment. Pilots, club staff members and even neighbouring businesses got involved and dedicated their time for free to the cause. Julia Lillywhite, from Sherburn Aero Club, said: “We absolutely love putting on this day for all the …
Join Julie in her 10K challenges
29-07-16Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
A bereaved mother has set herself the challenge to run her third 10K in three months in memory of her late daughter, Hope. Julie Rooms, from Swanland in East Yorkshire, will be running the York 10K this August to raise even more money for the Yorkshire children’s cancer charity, Candlelighters.   Hope was diagnosed with …