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

NHS Charities Together Grant
30-12-21Our stories • Posted by Becky Pearey
We are pleased to announce that Candlelighters were recently given the opportunity to apply for, and were successful in receiving a grant from NHS Charities Together to help fund our Community Support Team. As a charity we rely on donations from supporters and grants from trusts, foundations and institutes such as NHS Charities Together. NHS …
Company of the Month… My Energy Grants!
21-12-21Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We’re pleased to announce our Company of the Month for November 2021 is My Energy Grants! The Barnsley based company first began supporting Candlelighters earlier this year, deciding to become a member of Club Candlelighters. My Energy Grants joined Club Candlelighters as Transformers – pledging to donate £25,000 every year for three years, helping to …
The PantherCub Study
10-12-21Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
At Candlelighters, we’ve been funding childhood cancer research for over three decades, investing over £9 million in the last 20 years alone to help improve treatments and find cures. Dr Bob Phillips is an Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Oncology at Leeds Children’s Hospital and Senior Clinical Academic at the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University …
Eckersley House Cheque Presentation
23-11-21Our stories • Posted by Becky Pearey
We are delighted to announce that Candlelighters has granted £15,000 to The Sick Children’s Trust for essential running costs of Eckersley House, a home from home accommodation opposite the Clarendon Wing. As one of only 21 Principal Treatment Centres for children’s cancer in the UK and only two in Yorkshire, we know that many children …
Company of the Month… Maths Made Easy!
23-11-21Our stories • Posted by Becky Pearey
We’re so excited to announce our October Company of the Month as the amazing Maths Made Easy! Earlier in 2021, Maths Made Easy chose Candlelighters as their Charity of the Year, and in July, an army of fundraisers from Maths Made Easy also took part in Total Warrior for us! Raising a fantastic amount of …
Young Dreamers Dream Big for Candlelighters
22-11-21Our stories • Posted by Becky Pearey
Over 45 years Candlelighters have continually evolved to provide superb support for children and their families, spanning emotional, practical and financial support, and investment in vital childhood cancer research. Candlelighters strive to embed the needs and wants of children at a strategic level, ensuring our support is the best it possibly can be and that …
Company of the Month… Thai Leisure Group!
25-10-21Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We’re overjoyed to announce our September Company of the Month as the fabulous Thai Leisure Group! With Thai Leisure Group, who own Chaophraya, Thaikhun, Yee Rah and ChaoBaby restaurants across the country, launching a ‘Charity of the Quarter’ initiative, we were incredibly grateful to be chosen as the first charity to be supported earlier this …
Memories of Candlelighters: Amy
07-10-21Our stories • Posted by Becky Pearey
As we celebrate our 45th birthday this year, we’ve been talking to people with memories of Candlelighters through the years. Amy, now 38, from Wakefield, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 1995, aged 12. Amy particularly remembers some of the events and holidays provided by Candlelighters when she was on treatment, as well as …
Candlelighters at UoL Fertility Research
27-09-21Our stories • Posted by Becky Pearey
We are excited to share the results of a new piece of research by Candlelighters undertaken at the University of Leeds. As well as supporting families daily through childhood cancer, we bring hope by investing in vital research to improve the outcomes and lives of children with cancer. For nearly 40 years we have invested …

Your stories

#TeamElliot raise over £6000 for Candlelighters!
30-12-21Your stories • Posted by Becky Pearey
If you’ve been following us for a while, you might be familiar with Elliot Gunn, founder of the #TeamElliot fundraising group. This year, Elliot became one of the youngest in the country to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks, aged eight, in aid of Candlelighters. Throughout last year, Elliot and the rest of the team of …