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

A beautiful weekend for the Candlelighters family
09-05-16Our stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
The sun was shining over us this weekend as events were held throughout Yorkshire and beyond! Fundraisers took part in challenges, cycling from Aberdeen to Bradford in memory of Candlelighters talking therapist Greg Vinnicombe, or running the Leeds Half Marathon for or in memory of a loved one. Other supporters waited for sunset, as ladies wore …
Candlelighters to be supported by Global’s Make Some Noise
04-05-16Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Candlelighters has been selected as one of this year’s beneficiaries to receive funding and support through Global’s Make Some Noise. Founded in 1976 by families and medical staff, Candlelighters continues to help support children with cancer and their families across Yorkshire. They support work and equipment on the hospital wards, provide family support and fund …
Detectamet score a goal for Candlelighters
03-05-16Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Since July 2014, and following a visit to Candlelighters, owners of Detectamet, Sean Smith and Angela Mousson, were determined to make a difference to our work. Detectamet, are a worldwide company, based near York, who manufacture detectable food safety, office, sanitary and hygiene supplies. They asked wedding guests to donate to us instead of giving …

Your stories

The American inspiration for Chemo Duck visits the LGI
09-06-16Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Written by Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust L31 welcomed a very special visitor yesterday! Chemo Duck visited the ward with Gabe Sipos, the inspiration behind the Chemo Duck programme, who had flown over from America to see how the idea has taken off at the Leeds Children’s Hospital. Chemo Ducks are a fun, interactive way of …
A Right Royal Challenge
02-06-16Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
What better way for the Queen to celebrate her 90th year than by racing from Leeds to Benidorm in a clapped out Jag? On 8th June “Liz and Phil”, plus entourage, set off for Benidorm from Leeds. Their challenge was to travel the 1600 miles in 3 days, in a car that cost just over £100 each, …
Vista support The Candlelighters Awards
06-05-16Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
A Partnership to help raise awareness and recognition of children’s cancer in Yorkshire BY WILLIAM SUTTON – Director of Operations at Vista At the end of 2015 the Vista team decided that they wanted to nominate a charity of the year. It’s extremely difficult to choose between the plethora of excellent causes out there, even just in …
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 …