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 [email protected].

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

The Leeds Lunch Trail
25-09-17Our stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Why not get involved with Leeds Lunch Trail!? It is a pop-up charity food event raising money for Candlelighters which gives you a weeks worth of lunchtime offers in return for a donation. Take part in Leeds Lunch Trail and enjoy *exclusive lunch deals* every day between 25-29th September at eateries including Le Chalet, Wapentake, …
Foundation boost for Candlelighters Cottage!
19-09-17Our stories • Posted by Sean Donnelly
We’re excited to announce that the Candlelighters Cottage Campaign has been given a huge boost by The Kentown Wizard Foundation who will match fund all monies raised for the project up to £250,000! The Cottage Campaign to raise half a million pounds was launched in May this year by the Lord Mayor of Leeds and …
Candlelighters to benefit from Bank of England £10 note auction
07-09-17Our stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
In October, the Bank of England is issuing the new £10 notes, auctioning a number of the new notes with significant serial numbers. Candlelighters are delighted to have been chosen as one of three charities to benefit from the auction and not only that we are the only Yorkshire based charity selected! The auction will …
Changes to telephone advice calls August 2017
16-08-17Our stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
From the middle of August 2017 the Children and Teenage Oncology and Haematology unit at Leeds will be using a new way of responding to phone calls from parents when a child is unwell, or from older teenagers who may ring in themselves.   This is called a ‘Telephone Triage Tool’. When you ring Wards …
Collection Tin Amnesty
17-07-17Our stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
We are recalling all of our collection tins so we can gather the old pound coins from them before they go out of circulation! If you return your collection tin with the old pound coins in it, you can have a brand new empty one from us. This exchange means we can cash in all …

Your stories

Suppoter holding a ball in aid of Candlelighters
08-09-17Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
One of our supporters, Jo Austin is holding a jazz themed ball in aid of Candlelighters on the 23rd September. The evening will be jazz themed with a bit of burlesque thrown in and the ball will also be going gold to support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It will be held at the Regent Centre, …
Supporters take part in Jungle Speed Shear in aid of Candlelighters
21-08-17Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
On Saturday 7th August, supporters Millie and Jonathon Easton held a sheep shearing contest to raise money for Candlelighters, as well as a hog roast, bar and disco. The siblings decided to donate some of the funds raised to Candlelighters as we are currently support the family of a local girl who the Easton’s know …
Lili Braves the Shave for Candlelighters
27-07-17Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
This week, Lili Butterworth from Liversedge shaved her head to raise money and awareness for Candlelighters. She chose to do this after Candlelighters supported her family when her four year old brother, Louie Blue was diagnosed with Leukaemia last year. Lili said:‘I was very nervous but also excited to be doing this for my baby …
When Josh met Toby
13-07-17Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
On the 30th June, local boxer, Josh Warrington came to visit Candlelighters for the afternoon. Josh is the current WBC and has previously held the European, British and Commonwealth and English featherweight titles. The 26-year old was shown round the ward and spent time with children and families, including some patients in isolation. While doing …
The Three Peaks Poem
11-07-17Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
On Sunday 2nd July, Allison Brown, Maria Stephenson and Maria’s fiance, Michael Frankland took part in The Three Peaks challenge to raise money for Candlelighters. Whilst resting at the top of the first peak, Whernside, Author Maria, decided to write a poem for her two-year-old niece Hannah (daughter of Allison and Joseph.) Hannah has Acute …