Candlelighters In Your Community

Why was Candlelighters in Your Community introduced?

At Candlelighters, we are always looking at new ways to support our families. In 2019 Candlelighters conducted a research project with families and professionals to see how we could further expand our support services. We found that families felt increasingly isolated when they returned home from hospital or after a bereavement, and they wanted more support closer to home.

We want our families to know that Candlelighters' support is here for them for as long as they need it. So, we have launched Candlelighters in Your Community to ensure families feel well supported across Yorkshire, no matter the distance.

A team of Candlelighters community support workers are based in communities across Yorkshire providing all of our support services to families at home and in their local area.

How does Candlelighters in Your Community benefit families?

Candlelighters in Your Community aims to reduce the barriers that some families face when trying to access support and makes our services more accessible to all families across Yorkshire. Our Community Support Team work flexibly to ensure families have the support they need when they need it most.

This support can take many forms:

  • 1-1 support to assess a family's needs - this could be a phone call, email or in-person to discuss any emotional, practical or financial support.
  • Walks & talks in local areas with other families affected by childhood cancer.
  • Wellbeing Days where families can book a massage or relaxation treatment.
  • Groups and events for all family members, allowing them to meet others on a similar journey.
  • Fundraising advice
  • Introduction to other charities and organisations

These support services aim to reduce isolation, allow families to meet others affected by childhood cancer and take the services offered at The Square across Yorkshire. Whatever type of support families need, they will be sure to meet a friendly face who will do their best to help them.

How can families access community support?

Candlelighters have Community Support Workers who cover all areas of Yorkshire. To find out more about the Community Support Worker for your area, email us at community@candlelighters.org.uk.

Alternatively, families can speak to their Social Worker or Outreach Nurse, who will put them in touch with the team.

A Community Support Worker will contact a newly diagnosed family once they have received their new patient grant from Candlelighters. An email will be sent out to families with an introduction from the Community Support Worker, detailing what support they can provide and how families can access it.

Our stories

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 …
The Kentown Wizard Foundation provide incredible boost for Candlelighters Cottage Fund. The Kentown Wizard Foundation provide incredible boost for Candlelighters Cottage Fund.
18-04-18Our stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Back in September, The Kentown Wizard Foundation announced that they would match fund up to £250,000 towards the Candlelighters Cottage project, meaning that every penny raised by supporters would be doubled. The Cottage Campaign, to raise half a million pounds, was launched in May this year by the Lord Mayor of Leeds and will fund …
Candlelighters hosts marvellous Mayoral Soiree to raise awareness of childhood cancer
16-03-18Our stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Candlelighters were delighted to host a successful Mayoral Soiree at our family support centre, The Square, on Wednesday 14th March, Mayors, Deputy Mayors and Council Chairs form across all of Yorkshire were welcomed by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Jane Dowson. She explained to our esteemed guests, “Candlelighters may be based in Leeds but …

Your stories

Skipton Fire Station fundraise in support of local boy, William
25-05-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
On 31st March Skipton Fire Station held an open day in order to raise money for Candlelighters in support of a local Skipton boy, William Bramley. The team from the station were overwhelmed by the support of all the people who attended on the day and managed to raise an incredible £4000! William, who is …
700 miles in 7 days to support children with cancer
24-05-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Two Men Are Raising Money For Families Across Bradford With Children Being Treated For Cancer. Mike and Andy are raising money for Candlelighters by cycling from Bradford to Hull, then Rotterdam and on to Arnhem and then Hamm in Germany, they will also be riding to the Mohne Dam and Wewelsburg Castle and Bach! This …
Printing company goes pink and purple to fight childhood cancer
23-05-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
On the 18th May, York based printing company, Inc Dot held a cake and coffee morning to raise money and awareness of childhood cancer. Managing director of the company, Nick Turnbull, also pledged to dye his hair bright pink to match the Candlelighters colours, giving their fundraiser that extra wacky edge! At the age of …
Porsche specialists continue to support Candlelighters
13-04-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Leeds based Porsche specialists, Strasse, continued their successful fundraising efforts at a recent Porsche Festival at Lotherton Hall. Thousands of people turned up to admire hundreds of Porsche’s that were participating in the event. A huge raffle, as well as donations from stall holders and The Porsche Club of Great Britain helped raise £4500. Lindsay …
Inspirational open water swimmer has her book published and 200,000 followers reading her blog!
06-04-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Jacqui Hargrave from Knaresborough has supported Candlelighters for many years, attending balls and events held by the Harrogate Candlelighters, who are a group of volunteers who raise funds for the charity. In January 2017 Jacqui had surgery on both of her feet that left her unable to walk further than the kettle and back, for …
Pig and Pastry raise over £20,000 for Candlelighters
06-04-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
The Pig & Pastry on Bishopthorpe Road, York was established in 2008 by Julia and Steve Holding. It is a family run, neighbourhood café with a fun, buzzy atmosphere, full of delightful treats and named one of the “Best places to eat in York” by BBC Good Food magazine in 2017. The menu includes breakfast, …
Epic Tri-Challenge for Candlelighters
03-04-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Darren Grant and Shaun Wilson from York have set themselves a huge, rather unique ‘Tri-Challenge’ to raise funds for Candlelighters. They did their first ‘Tri-Challenge’ last June and raised an incredible £1469.50 in memory of Nioni Grant, Darren’s niece, who sadly lost her life to Leukaemia in January 2016. In June this year they will …