Recently, Sarah Giles, employee of Redmayne-Bentley took part in the Great North Run in aid of Candlelighters.

Sarah has raised more than £2,200 for Candlelighters, an amazing total which will make a huge difference to the lives of families facing childhood cancer across Yorkshire. Candlelighters have recently supported Sarah’s nephew, Will, from Carlton, West Yorkshire, who was diagnosed last year with leukaemia.

The Burley-in-Wharfedale mother-of-one said: “I have been able to see first-hand the difference this charity has made to him and his parents. Not only do Candlelighters provide practical and emotional support to the child who is ill, there is also great emphasis on activities designed for families to get together and have fun in a ‘normal’ environment after sometimes weeks or months spent in hospital.”

Sarah before the race!

As well as being a charity close to her heart, Candlelighters is the chosen charity for the Leeds branch of investment management and stockbroking firm Redmayne-Bentley, where Sarah is assistant compliance monitoring manager.

Initially, Sarah aimed to raise £500, but her colleagues from offices in Leeds and around the UK joined forces in great numbers to sponsor her. She said: “Encouraged by hundreds of good luck messages and after weeks of apprehension, it was an amazing experience on the day; the crowds were second to none and I found the generosity of complete strangers cheering me on so touching. As it was my first half marathon, I didn’t know what to expect or even if I could complete it, but I was so proud to run the full 13.1 miles without stopping, and also to have raised a great amount for a wonderful charity.”

Throughout the year, Redmayne-Bentley’s staff have been raising money for the organisation. Sarah’s colleague in the compliance department, Nigel Finlay, shaved his head to get rid of his hair and beard, raising more than £1,400. A group of four from the firm took part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in July, with others running in the Gung Ho! inflatable obstacle course in Leeds in March.

Raffles, sweepstakes and bake sales have also contributed to the year’s fundraising. So far this year, more than £6,175 has been raised for Candlelighters.

From everyone here at Candlelighters we would like to say a huge thank you to Sarah and everyone at Redmayne-Bentley for their continued support. Your hard work and effort will make a huge difference to families facing childhood cancer across Yorkshire.

You might also like...

Join our fundraising groups at their summer balls!
We’re delighted that two of our fundraising groups will be hosting fabulous fundraising balls this August. Ilkley Candlelighters and Knaresborough Candlelighters would like to invite you to their summer balls to help raise vital funds for children and young people with cancer. Find out the details below… Ilkley Candlelighters Dance the night away and raise …
Saturdays at The Square
Candlelighters have been trialling opening our Family Support Centre, The Square on Saturdays to increase access to our support for our families. On Saturdays at The Square, Lucy Peel and Jess Burton, two of our Family Support Workers have provided wonderful crafts, fun activities, and food offerings. Our Sarnies and Smoothies on a Saturday have …
Yorkshire children’s cancer charity celebrates return of largest annual fundraiser, ‘Pink It Up week’
Yorkshire children’s cancer charity Candlelighters has celebrated the return of its largest annual fundraiser, ‘Pink It Up’ week.  Every year Candlelighters urges the community to get involved in pink-themed fundraising activities to support children and families affected by childhood cancer.  ‘Pink It Up’ is the charity’s flagship campaign. Since 2019 Candlelighters have encouraged people across Yorkshire to help them paint the county pink through various, pink-themed …