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We would love to share some of your stories whether they are about personal experiences on treatment, in fundraising, or anything else you would like to share. Send your stories and photos to info@candlelighters.org.uk. © Karen Turner Photography, header image.

Our stories

Candlelighters joined by surprise celebrity guest: Bear Grylls!
30-07-18Our stories • Posted by Jack Ramage
An exciting event took place yesterday to celebrate the significant efforts of Central Yorkshire Scouts who raised over £6000 for Candlelighters through the Youth Commissioners Challenge 2017-2018. But to top it all off, we were joined by none other than Chief Scout, Bear Grylls! He made a flying and grandiose visit, rolling in on a helicopter and sharing his axe-wielding …
Charity Collecting
Candlelighters collection tins
25-07-18Our stories • Posted by Jack Ramage
We just want to remind all our wonderful supporters to check information if you are being asked for money for a charity… All those fundraising on behalf of Candlelighters will have registered with us and have official sponsor forms or permission letters with all our details on, including our registered charity number, logo and contact …
Annual General Meeting Announced: Wednesday the 12th of September 2018
03-07-18Our stories • Posted by Jack Ramage
  Candlelighters are holding our annual general meeting on Wednesday the 12th of September 2018 at Candlelighters Trust (8 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD) and would love to see you there! Our meeting will run from 18:00-18:30, with refreshments being served beforehand. If you are interested please contact Lucy Fletcher at lucy.fletcher@candlelighters.org.uk or 0113 887 8333 by …
Candlelighters funded research – latest update
11-06-18Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that forms in certain types of nerve tissue. It most frequently starts from one of the adrenal glands, but can also develop in the neck, chest, abdomen, or spine. In the UK, 100 children are newly diagnosed with neuroblastoma every year. Candlelighters have funded research over the last year …
Cottage Children’s Book
29-05-18Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
We have had a wonderful book written by children’s author, Donna Iliffe-Pollard, for children staying at the Candlelighters Cottage. Donna has donated her time and writing skills to create something that will make a lasting difference… We want to ensure that children feel safe and comfortable when staying with us. What better way to do this …

Your stories

Julie and Lee host concert in memory of their son Maxwell, raising a staggering £5000.
01-08-18Your stories • Posted by Jack Ramage
Julie and Lee’s youngest child, Maxwell Lewis Johnson, started treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia a long time ago, back in Dec 1996. Although, sadly, Maxwell lost his battle after a Bone Marrow Transplant, they remembered their time at Jimmy’s with love and pride in the braveness that Maxwell approached each milestone along his journey. Every …
Local community Zumbathon raises whopping £533.51 for Candlelighters!
01-08-18Your stories • Posted by Jack Ramage
On Saturday 30th June, three fantastic fundraisers, Charlene, Brianne and Julie, held a family fun day at Core Gym, Greengates in Bradford. The day was kicked off by players from Bradford City AFC and cheerleaders of ND Dance, and followed by brilliant dance performances by local schools. As part of the fun day, they hosted …
Leeds University Students raise over £21,752 by ‘Pedalling to Prague’ in aid of Candlelighters
19-06-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
A team of 42 students from Leeds University have come together and already raised over £21,752 in aid of Candlelighters. Leeds RAG, the official fundraising society of Leeds University Union, have organised the trip, and chosen to support Candlelighters. They will be setting off from Leeds on Monday 18th June, making the 800 mile journey …
Local Leeds based furniture company support Candlelighters Cottage Campaign by fitting out all four bedrooms
12-06-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
On Friday 11th May, The Lord Mayor of Leeds, accompanied by Candlelighters Corporate Fundraiser Amy Harrison went to meet Andrew, Vanessa and Gareth at Curtis Furniture in Leeds. During the visit, The Lord Mayor and the Candlelighters team were taken on a tour of the factory, meeting members of floor staff who will help to …
Fundraising in memory of Maci raises £17,000!
11-06-18Your stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
Family and friends of Maci Craddock have recently raised over £17,000 in her memory. They held a charity auction evening filled with live music at Ponderosa’s Lakeside Restaurant in March, in aid of Candlelighters, Ward 52 at Leeds Children’s Hospital and Forget Me Not Hospice. Maci Craddock was diagnosed with a brain tumour while on …