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Our stories

And the winners of the Candlelighters Awards 2019 are…..
25-09-19Our stories • Posted by Kelsea Wall
On Friday 13th September 2019 we held our fourth annual Candlelighters Awards! It was a fantastic evening at New Dock Hall where we were able to recognise and thank all the wonderful people who support Candlelighters.  With approximately 350 guests, the room was filled with inspirational, heart-warming and emotional stories from families, corporate and community …
Candlelighters charity mascot Champ takes on debut challenge at the Great North Run!
03-09-19Our stories • Posted by Kelsea Wall
With less than a week to go, Candlelighters charity mascot Champ is gearing up for the greatest challenge yet! Accompanied by his fellow colleagues, Head of Family Support Natalie and Family Network Coordinator Carly from the Candlelighters team – they are ready for this incredible challenge! On Sunday 8th of September 2019 Champ will take …
Candlelighters Got their Rave On with Deershed Festival 2019!!
14-08-19Our stories • Posted by Kelsea Wall
The annual Deershed Festival returned on the 26th – 28th July at the beautiful grounds of Baldersby Park. Each year Deershed kindly support a charity and throughout the entirety of the weekend, the organisers chose to support Candlelighters. From donations on ticketing to tins on bars and even the Candlelighters Bubble Rave – the fun …
Idea of the Year Shortlisted Nominees Announced!
12-08-19Our stories • Posted by Kelsea Wall
The IDEA OF THE YEAR award is SPONSORED BY LOOKING4.COM ! And the nominees are… Gecko’s – I’m a Gecko, Get me out of here! In September 2018, Gecko had a staff BBQ and to add a fundraising element, they decided to hold interdepartmental Bush Tucker Trials! Six courses were served to participants for each of …

Your stories

6 Year Old Elliot climbs his way to Young Fundraiser of the Year at Candlelighters Awards!
25-09-19Your stories • Posted by Kelsea Wall
6 Year Old Elliot climbs his way to Young Fundraiser of the Year at Candlelighters Awards! Elliot’s fundraising journey started back in January 2019 when he decided that he wanted to raise money for poorly children to help them and their families. Elliot, aged 6, had already fundraised for other charities but we were super …
“Challenge yourself where you can, love those around you unconditionally and never give up your fight.”
09-09-19Your stories • Posted by Kelsea Wall
I want to start off by saying that having the opportunity to write this piece is incredibly cathartic for me. The story I’ve lived so far is riddled with pain, sadness and anxiety, but mostly and importantly, it’s a story of self-belief. A story of triumph and of pushing yourself to places you never thought …
Elizabeth Morgan tells us her story on how Childhood Cancer affected her and her family back in 1998. Look at her now!
06-09-19Your stories • Posted by Kelsea Wall
Fast forward the years, I did well in my GCSE’s and went on to do A levels at Greenhead College. It’s difficult to say how much I was influenced by my own medical history but I decided I wanted to be a doctor. Hi, my name is Elizabeth Morgan and this is a joint piece …
67 Miles Away From Ward 31
05-09-19Your stories • Posted by Kelsea Wall
67 Miles Away from Ward 31 “Our son Archie, now 9 years old was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) mid-August 2018. He spent 7 months in Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) on the Children’s Oncology and Haematology Ward 31 being treated by the lovely doctors and nurses. As Archie was receiving intense chemotherapy he only …
Candlelighters bag themselves a new Team!!
16-08-19Your stories • Posted by Kelsea Wall
Tanya and her family have been taking on an astounding range of challenges and events to raise funds for various charitable causes after their daughter, Emily, was diagnosed with Infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in 2018 aged just 9 months old. Since then, Emily has been undergoing treatment at the Leeds Children’s Hospital. It has been …
From Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia to The Lakesman Ironman, Andrew tells us his story!
15-08-19Your stories • Posted by Kelsea Wall
“On Friday 13th of November 1987 my parents world was shattered when they received the dreaded news that my short illness was in fact Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL). I was transferred to St James’ hospital the very next day to begin my treatment. Being just 3 and a half years old, I wasn’t really aware …