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

St George’s Day week-end was event-full!
25-04-16Our stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
It’s been a busy and brilliant week-end for supporters and staff at Candlelighters! The Square was hosting an activity day for brothers and sisters of patients. Gareth Price, with family, friends and work colleagues completed a 138 mile sponsored walk in memory of his daughter Holly. Starting at Candlelighters on Friday and finishing at Forget Me …

Your stories

Fundraising event sees Menston sparkle for Candlelighters
29-04-16Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
This month a fundraising evening event has seen Menston sparkle in pink for Candlelighters, raising over £2000 to support the charity’s work! Organised by Michelle Pattison, mum to 8 year old patient Owen, the Pink & Sparkle event was her biggest fundraising event to date and saw a small crowd gather to eat, drink and bid on a range …
Three Wishes Charity Dinner
29-04-16Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Late last year supporters flocked to Harrogate’s Restaurant Bar & Grill for a night of food, entertainment and a charity auction in aid of three local charities; Candlelighters, Theas Trust and Martin House Children’s Hospice. Organised by Rowan Brunger (pictured below at our support centre The Square), the event was a fantastic success raising a …
Friendly Competition & Fundraising
28-04-16Your stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
Staff at Pure Data Solutions are extra motivated to raise funds for Candlelighters! Last year, Pure Data Solutions raised £10,000 in aid of Candlelighters. This year, they aim to smash this. The first of their challenge will be the Candlelighters Yorkshire 3 Peaks on Saturday 28 May. 11 staff from across the company are training …
Summit Amazing!
28-04-16Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
On Saturday 16th April 2016, a determined family group took on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks to raise awareness around Neuroblastoma, and nearly £2000 sponsorship for Candlelighters, in memory of  Pierce White Carter. Dom White, leading the group, said “During Pierce’s two and a half years of illness, Candlelighters provided us all with support and supplied the …
Leeds College of Art scores big for Candlelighters
19-04-16Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Students and staff of Leeds College of Art scored big for Yorkshire families affected by childhood cancer at their fundraising football match on April 18th. It seemed the students were confident pre-match stating that “after an intense pre-season, the students have become both physically and mentally strong enough to take on the very tutors that …
Miss North Yorkshire Champions Candlelighters
14-04-16Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Candlelighters were delighted earlier this year when the Miss North Yorkshire competition selected Candlelighters as their chosen charity for the second year running.   Miss North Yorkshire is the regions official and most prestigious modelling competition, offering contestants an experience of a life-time, a window into the world of modelling and the opportunity to make life long …
TEENAGE CANCER PATIENTS ABSEIL AT RIPLEY CASTLE
13-04-16Your stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
On Sunday 24 April, three teenage cancer patients, will abseil down from Ripley Castle’s roof in aid of the charity that has supported them and their families from day one, Candlelighters. Jodi Stonehouse, from Pocklington, and Caitlin Gott, from Harrogate, are both 15 and were diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Mia Addison, from Knaresborough, is …