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 – Vicky, Chloe and Debbie, 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 four Community Support Workers who cover all areas of Yorkshire.

Vicky supports families living in the BD, HD and HX postcode.
vicky.fisher@candlelighters.org.uk
07741 962177

Chloe supports families living in the HG and YO postcode.
chloe.white@candlelighters.org.uk
07826401116

Debbie supports families living in the DN and HU postcode.
deborah.barmby@candlelighters.org.uk
07503641260

TBC supports families living in the LS and WF postcode.
Families living in one of these areas can email community@candlelighters.org.uk or phone 0113 8877833

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

Memories of Candlelighters: Amy
07-10-21Our stories • Posted by Becky Pearey
As we celebrate our 45th birthday this year, we’ve been talking to people with memories of Candlelighters through the years. Amy, now 38, from Wakefield, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 1995, aged 12. Amy particularly remembers some of the events and holidays provided by Candlelighters when she was on treatment, as well as …
Candlelighters at UoL Fertility Research
27-09-21Our stories • Posted by Becky Pearey
We are excited to share the results of a new piece of research by Candlelighters undertaken at the University of Leeds. As well as supporting families daily through childhood cancer, we bring hope by investing in vital research to improve the outcomes and lives of children with cancer. For nearly 40 years we have invested …
Candlelighters at 45 – Research
23-09-21Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
Did you know over our 45-year history, we’ve been involved in many childhood cancer research programmes and projects? In the last 20 years alone, we’ve invested over £9m into research to improve the lives and outcomes of children with cancer. In 1992, Professor Sue Burchill became the first scientist to be fully funded by Candlelighters …
Company of the Month… Slumberdown!
23-09-21Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We’re pleased to announce that our August Company of the Month is Slumberdown! Slumberdown have supported Candlelighters since early 2021 when they initially joined our Team 500 – helping to bring in vital funds needed to continue our services through the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, Slumberdown have been keen supporters, using and sharing their resources …
Candlelighters GO GOLD for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Press Release
16-09-21Our stories • Posted by Becky Pearey
Candlelighters aims to raise funds and awareness this September for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM). #ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth takes place in September each year. At Candlelighters, along with many other children’s cancer charities across the globe, the charity marks CCAM each year to help increase the awareness of childhood cancers, as well as the work they do …
Happy International Paediatric Oncology Nurses Day!
08-09-21Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
Today we recognise International Paediatric Oncology Nurses Day and celebrate all of the Nurses working in the Paediatric Haematology & Oncology service at Leeds Children’s Hospital & Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. There are numerous Nurses working in the department in many locations and in different roles. Here at #Candlelighters, we work very closely with …
Well done Amy and Chris!
25-08-21Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
At Candlelighters we’re so lucky to have an amazing team across all areas of our charity, from family support, to fundraising, to HR, to finance and corporate services, to name a few! These brilliant people try their hardest every day, live the Candlelighters values and each and every role makes a difference to families affected …

Your stories

Supporter Spotlight: Kingswood Dearne Valley
13-09-21Your stories • Posted by Becky Pearey
We were thrilled to announce the return of our annual Sibling Residential trip this year, to Kingswood Dearne Valley. This trip is for all of our siblings to have a fun time, enjoy being children and make special friendships with other siblings who have been affected by childhood cancer. They had lots and lots of …
Supporter Spotlight: Lyke Wake Walk
13-09-21Your stories • Posted by Becky Pearey
We’d like to say an enormous thank you to a brilliant group of people who recently completed the Lyke Wake Walk across the North Yorkshire Moors, in support of Tom who was diagnosed with glioblastoma over Christmas last year. Tom’s cousin, Harriet, who organised the walk said, ‘When Tom was diagnosed it was the middle …
Supporter Spotlight: Heart & Sole
13-09-21Your stories • Posted by Becky Pearey
A wonderful group of 26 inspirational ladies dubbed ‘Heart & Sole’ from Harrogate, recently walked the distance of a marathon in and around the Harrogate area to raise funds for Candlelighters. Charlotte Broadwith, who organised the event, was inspired after hearing how the pandemic had negatively impacted community fundraising for many charities. She said, ‘Candlelighters is …