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

Shop with Savoo and they’ll donate to Candlelighters at no extra cost to you!
26-04-17Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Did you know that when shopping online at your favourite retailers, if you do it via Savoo, Candlelighters will receive a donation at no extra cost to you! There are plenty of discount codes for you to use on Savoo which means that you can save lots on your shopping, and help make a difference to …
Calling all parents, stepparents or carers of a child who has been treated for cancer
21-04-17Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
We would like to ask parents, step parents and carers to complete the following questionnaire. We are looking to expand our service provision within The Square to enable family members to support other families affected by children’s cancer.   The family network could provide support for families in a variety of different ways such as …
Candlelighters kick off the Easter weekend with Teddy Bears Picnic
19-04-17Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
On the Thursday before the Easter weekend, we held a Teddy Bears Picnic at The Square for patients and siblings- and it went down a treat! Designed for children aged 0-7, including patients and their siblings (as well as bereaved siblings), our Project Support Worker Vicky created a whole afternoon of fun. The afternoon included …
Global’s Make Some Noise give £82K to Candlelighters
13-04-17Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
We’re absolutely over the moon here at Candelighters today, after receiving an amazing £82,400 cheque from Global’s Make Some Noise. The amount was presented to our staff by Capital Yorkshire presenters JoJo and Danny. Every single penny of it will go towards supporting families affected by childhood cancer across Yorkshire. Watch the moment we found …
Catch up on the latest Candlelighters newsletter
29-03-17Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
You may have seen the first bi-annual newsletter of 2017 arrive on your doorsteps recently, but if you haven’t got a copy, or fancy a browse on your computers or mobile devices, just click here! We’re now using Issuu to give our supporters a chance to read on their phones, iPads, Kindles or computers. We’ve …

Your stories

Get Inspired by Graham’s Year of Races for Candlelighters
20-04-17Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Graham Silburn has pulled out all the stops and is challenging himself to a string of incredible races this year to raise funds for Candlelighters in memory of his colleague’s daughter, Megan Pratt. He’s already racked up a string of race medals in the early months of 2017, having completed the Ferriby 10 Mile in …
Hinchy’s Marathon Triumph!
13-04-17Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Chris Hinchcliffe successfully completed the Paris Marathon last weekend in memory of Laura Hart. He enjoyed the beautiful blue skies of Paris in April and smashed his fundraising target, raising over £1037 (including Gift Aid) so far. This is the first time he has done any fundraising and what an achievement! Chris’ page is still …
Team George take on mighty 6 Peak Challenge
10-03-17Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Last year, Mark Gallimore embarked on a year of seven challenges to mark the end of his son George’s treatment for leukaemia. This year, Mark is continuing his dedication to Candlelighters. Not only did he take up the role as the Chairperson of York Candlelighters group at the end of 2016, but he also started …
Redmayne-Bentley: “Fundraisers blaze a trail for Candlelighters”
10-03-17Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Redmayne-Bentley, one of the UK’s largest independent stockbrokers, share their story of support for Candlelighters: Pink will be the colour in 2017 when the Leeds branch of Redmayne-Bentley takes on challenges ranging from beard shaves and bake sales to an inflatable obstacle course, all to raise money for Yorkshire children affected by cancer. The investment management …
Family’s Skydive for Milly’s would-be 25th Birthday
07-03-17Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Jim Smith, along with his mum Laura and dad Trevor, will be embarking on an incredible Skydive on 12th August 2017 to commemorate the day that his sister Milly would have turned 25. Milly passed away 20 years ago after battling cancer, and was supported by Candlelighters all those years ago. Speaking of Milly’s treatment, Jim kindly noted: …