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Our stories

‘I am so lucky and privileged to be welcomed into our family’s homes at such a difficult time and to be part of their journey is a real honour.’
10-08-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
At Candlelighters we offer funding support for roles at Leeds Children’s Hospital. You might have met some of these friendly faces before! Like, our Dinner Lady Elaine, Play Leaders, Social Workers, the Advanced Nurse Practitioners on the ward and many more! Here’s a little about Tracy West and her role with families we support. Name: …
“Tracy was there for us all, she supported the whole family in a way that worked for everyone. She’s made life a lot easier for all of us”
04-08-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
“Candlelighters have been there from day one. Over the years we’ve had many special memories, made possible by Candlelighters” Elsa was first diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) in 2016, a rare type of soft tissue sarcoma when she was just two years old. Elsa and her family, including Mum Hayley, Dad John, Sister Amelia and older …
Meet Leo
29-07-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
Please be the spark that keeps our candle burning so we can bring light to families in these darkest of times. Meet eight year old Leo. Leo was diagnosed in September 2019 with B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.   Leo’s Mum said, ‘From day one, Leo has received continued support from the amazing Candlelighters team, on …
The Family Support Team launch their Virtual Summer Events!
17-07-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
Get ready for some Summer time puns, as we launch our virtual Summer Events!! … Water you doing this Summer? Whatever floats your boat, we have a jam-packed virtual event diary for over the 6 weeks holidays for families we support! Tis the sea-sun to join in with some Candlelighters fun, catch up with friends …
Company of the Month… Shoosmiths
09-07-20Our stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
This month’s Company of the Month is Shoosmiths Leeds! The Leeds Shoosmiths office have been supporting Candlelighters since early 2019. They have taken on many challenges since then including a Three Peaks walk in the pouring rain, Leeds 10k, bake sales, the Great North Run, office raffles and much more! Their amazing efforts have been …
Candlelighters welcomes new Chair of Trustees
01-07-20Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Keith Hardcastle as our new Chair of Trustees! Keith started his post as Chair on 10th June 2020, replacing Stephen Redman who stepped down after six years as Chair, but will remain on the board until his formal term expires in September 2021. Keith is an existing …
Thank You Sovereign Health Care
22-06-20Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
    Recently, we were delighted to receive a grant of £3,000 from the Sovereign Health Care Community Programme towards our Candlelighters Together Tin, to fund our adapted Family Support Services during COVID-19. Sovereign Health Care has a long history of charitable giving, choosing to donate up to 10% of their annual turnover to community …
Company of the Month… Frontline Security Services and Platinum Asset Protection
09-06-20Our stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
This month’s Company of the Month sees two companies under the same umbrella take the crown!   Frontline Security Services and Platinum Asset Protection are two companies owned by Wade Murtaza, who have been supporting Candlelighters for over a decade;   “The reason why I chose for my businesses to support Candlelighters is because it …

Your stories

Graham & Anya
06-08-20Your stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
‘My name is Graham Morris and I am the dad of a family supported by Candlelighters. In 2015 my daughter, Anya, was diagnosed with a type of brain tumour called clival chordoma. Anya underwent 2 surgeries on her brain at Leeds General Infirmary to remove as much of the tumour as possible. We then spent …
‘You just have to live, live, live!’
14-07-20Your stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
14-07-20 Team Rueben’s Coast to Coast Challenge! Rueben’s amazing family are preparing to take on an absolutely incredible challenge. From 4th August, Rueben’s dad Stephen, step-mum Liz and their two sons Otis (aged 9) and Sidney (aged 8), will be walking 196 miles from St Bee’s and finishing at Robin Hoods Bay, which was Rueben’s …