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 at 45 – Research
23-09-21Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
Did you know over our 45-year history, we’ve been involved in many childhood cancer research programmes and projects? In the last 20 years alone, we’ve invested over £9m into research to improve the lives and outcomes of children with cancer. In 1992, Professor Sue Burchill became the first scientist to be fully funded by Candlelighters …
Company of the Month… Slumberdown!
23-09-21Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We’re pleased to announce that our August Company of the Month is Slumberdown! Slumberdown have supported Candlelighters since early 2021 when they initially joined our Team 500 – helping to bring in vital funds needed to continue our services through the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, Slumberdown have been keen supporters, using and sharing their resources …
Candlelighters GO GOLD for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Press Release
16-09-21Our stories • Posted by Becky Pearey
Candlelighters aims to raise funds and awareness this September for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM). #ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth takes place in September each year. At Candlelighters, along with many other children’s cancer charities across the globe, the charity marks CCAM each year to help increase the awareness of childhood cancers, as well as the work they do …
Happy International Paediatric Oncology Nurses Day!
08-09-21Our stories • Posted by Sean Donnelly
Today we recognise International Paediatric Oncology Nurses Day and celebrate all of the Nurses working in the Paediatric Haematology & Oncology service at Leeds Children’s Hospital & Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. There are numerous Nurses working in the department in many locations and in different roles. Here at #Candlelighters, we work very closely with …
Well done Amy and Chris!
25-08-21Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
At Candlelighters we’re so lucky to have an amazing team across all areas of our charity, from family support, to fundraising, to HR, to finance and corporate services, to name a few! These brilliant people try their hardest every day, live the Candlelighters values and each and every role makes a difference to families affected …
Company of the Month… Skipton Building Society!
20-08-21Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We’re delighted to announce our company of the month for July is Skipton Building Society! The Business Partnering – Finance & Strategy team at Skipton Building Society recently completed their fantastic ‘Tokyo or Bust!’ challenge; walking the distance of Skipton to Tokyo, finishing before the start of the Olympics on 23rd July. For the group …
Candlelighters’ Annual General Meeting
18-08-21Our stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
You’re invited to our Annual General Meeting Taking place on: Wednesday 29th September 2021. Time: 6.00pm – 6.30pm Option to attend in person or via Zoom (a link to the Zoom meeting will be sent out on 27th September 2021). Strictly RSVP to Lucy at [email protected] by 15th September 2021 or call 0113 887 8333. …

Your stories

Supporter Spotlight: Kingswood Dearne Valley
13-09-21Your stories • Posted by Becky Pearey
We were thrilled to announce the return of our annual Sibling Residential trip this year, to Kingswood Dearne Valley. This trip is for all of our siblings to have a fun time, enjoy being children and make special friendships with other siblings who have been affected by childhood cancer. They had lots and lots of …
Supporter Spotlight: Lyke Wake Walk
13-09-21Your stories • Posted by Becky Pearey
We’d like to say an enormous thank you to a brilliant group of people who recently completed the Lyke Wake Walk across the North Yorkshire Moors, in support of Tom who was diagnosed with glioblastoma over Christmas last year. Tom’s cousin, Harriet, who organised the walk said, ‘When Tom was diagnosed it was the middle …
Supporter Spotlight: Heart & Sole
13-09-21Your stories • Posted by Becky Pearey
A wonderful group of 26 inspirational ladies dubbed ‘Heart & Sole’ from Harrogate, recently walked the distance of a marathon in and around the Harrogate area to raise funds for Candlelighters. Charlotte Broadwith, who organised the event, was inspired after hearing how the pandemic had negatively impacted community fundraising for many charities. She said, ‘Candlelighters is …