Thank you for supporting Candlelighters!


Thank you so much for your support this Christmas. For over 45 Christmases, Candlelighters has brought light to children and families in the darkest of times and this year will be no different.  All of our support services are available to families, from talking and wellbeing therapies to groups and events. We’ll be providing over 200 Christmas grants as well as making sure the children on the wards still get some Christmas magic.

We are able to support families over the year, and at Christmas because of kind donations from our supporters. We are still recovering from the impact of Covid, which saw our fundraising income down £500k on our targets last year.  We rely entirely on the generous support of the community to continue delivering our vital services this Christmas.

Your support means that we can continue to bring light to our families. If you would like to help us further, you can purchase some fabulous gifts from our shop or donate to Candlelighters directly.


Our stories

Talking Brain Tumour Research with Ryan Mathew
08-03-21Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
Candlelighters has funded research into the understanding and treatment of childhood cancers for 30 years. Academic neurosurgeon, Ryan Mathew, has been supported by Candlelighters since 2018, as part of a four year funding programme to enhance brain tumour research. Ryan qualified as a doctor in 2005 from the University of Leeds. Following hispassions of neurosurgery …
Ralph’s Story
05-03-21Our stories • Posted by Sean Donnelly
Ralph was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoma at the age of six. It was a complete and utter shock to the whole family as Ralph had always been a very healthy little boy. He had been unwell with suspected tonsillitis for a few weeks. We’d been back and forth to our GP and an overnight stay …
Our February 2021 Company of the Month is… FluidIT Consulting!
26-02-21Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We are delighted to announce that our February 2021 Company of the Month is FluidIT Consulting! FluidIT began supporting Candlelighters last year, in response to our pandemic appeal and promptly became members of Candlelighters ‘Team 500’, by making a donation of £500. The team were keen to support in other ways too and decided that …
Charlie’s Story
24-02-21Our stories • Posted by Sean Donnelly
We are a family of four. Dad Phil, mum Shelley, Charlie age six and Max age two. Charlie was diagnosed with Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) in April 2017 before his 3rd birthday. We had no idea that this condition existed until a skin biopsy on his groin area confirmed the LCH. Prior to this, we …
Candlelighters draws attention to cause on International Childhood Cancer Day
15-02-21Our stories • Posted by Sean Donnelly
Monday 15th February is International Childhood Cancer Day, a day when people all around the world come together to observe and recognise the impacts of childhood cancer. In #Yorkshire, over 150 children will be diagnosed with cancer each year and childhood cancer charity, Candlelighters has been there for over 40 years to offer support to …
International Day of Women and Girls in Science
11-02-21Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
11-02-2021 Did you know today is International Day of Women and Girls in Science? To mark the occasion, we spoke to Dr Jess Morgan who, with funding from Candlelighters, recently undertook research which will help children and young people with cancer to spend less time in hospital and more time at home… ‘Hello, my name …
Company of the Month… Barratt Developments!
25-01-21Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
Our company of the month for January – the first company of the month of 2021 is… Barratt Developments!   The brilliant Barratt Developments Yorkshire West has supported Candlelighters since 2018, raising over £30,000 during this time. The onset of COVID-19 meant many of their planned events were cancelled. These included their flagship golf day …
Company of the month… CDS!
21-12-20Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
Our company of the month for December – the final company of the month of 2020 is… CDS!   CDS first began supporting Candlelighters at the beginning of 2020 after choosing Candlelighters as their next charity of the year. The CDS team began the year with big plans and high hopes of raising £5,000 for …

Your stories

Jonathan’s Ten Million Steps in 2021!
26-02-21Your stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
Today we’d like to share Jonathan’s story. Jonathan has set himself an incredible challenge – to walk ten million steps during 2021. This goal works out at a staggering average of 27,397 steps every day (approximately 13 miles!) for 365 days. Jonathan is raising funds for both Candlelighters and The Fire Fighters Charity. Here’s why… …
Rupert Rows the Atlantic for Candlelighters!
12-02-21Your stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We’re excited to share an incredible supporter story with you – that of Rupert Fenby. Having just finished his A-levels, Rupert, along with eleven others will be rowing across the Atlantic Ocean to raise funds for Candlelighters in March 2021. Rupert said, ‘I will be one of the youngest people to have rowed across the …