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

Candlelighters invites companies to make a difference in 2018
11-01-18Our stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Candlelighters are currently on the hunt for Corporate companies who would like to support Candlelighters in 2018. Brian Curran, Corporate Fundraiser at Candlelighters, said, “Our corporate supporters get involved in a number of ways including sponsorship, participation in events, raising awareness and volunteering.  Every partnership is different and we will always try and meet our …

Your stories

Cushion Company, Donna Wilson, donate beautiful soft furnishings to the Candlelighters Cottage Campaign
21-02-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
London based design company, Donna Wilson, have kindly donated some of their UK-made lambs wool and cotton cushions to be used in the refurbishment of the Candlelighters Cottage. Since 2003, Donna and colleagues have been creating colourful, patterned home furnishing made from lamb’s wool that is spun, dyed and knitted in Scotland before making its …
Charlie’s skydive marking sixteen years of support
09-02-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Charlie Snell, now aged 17 was diagnosed with Congenital Neutropenia, aged two and has been receiving annual bone marrow biopsies and blood tests under the care of Professor Kinsey at Leeds Children’s Hospital ever since. Charlie turns 18 in July and will be moving from Leeds Children’s Hospital, to The Queens Centre in Castle Hill, …
A year of challenges for Candlelighters
05-02-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Layla Wray and Max Dalby from Harrogate are in their own words, “raising money for the amazing Candlelighters charity who support children with cancer in Yorkshire” One challenge is not enough for these two, they are taking on a whole year of extreme challenges including at least one every single month in 2018 Laylay said, …
Social Group Undertake Super Fundraising
03-02-18Your stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
The De La Pole Social Group in Hull have been fundraising in memory of Jason Stamp. They have shown some true community spirit, undertaking various activities. We were delighted to attend their cheque presentation evening where we were made to feel very welcome. We were amazed when they revealed they had raised £6500 for Candlelighters! …
Tremendous trio raise an incredible £14,811.83 for Candlelighters
29-01-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Young friends Freddie, Charlotte and Tom have raised an incredible £14,811.83  for Candlelighters in an epic challenge event held over the Christmas period. After their friend Elliott was diagnosed with an incurable tumour in September 2014, the trio were quick to get together and find a way to raise some money for Candlelighters. Before Elliott’s …
South Leeds Beaver supports Candlelighters to gain Youth Commisoners Challenge badge
24-01-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
AJ, a member of the 8th South Leeds (Carlton) Beavers, has recently been the recipient of the first Youth Commissioners Challenge badge. AJ was keen to support Candlelighters through the scouts after we supported his family when his brother was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in August 2017. He approached Haribo in Pontefract, Foxes Biscuits, …
Running for Skye
19-01-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
In 2015 Skye Sutcliffe sadly passed away after a long battle with cancer. Since then, her family have been dedicated to raising funds for Candlelighters through various events. Skye’s mum, Amie said, “Candlelighters do so much for families, there is always someone to chat to and they make you feel more comfortable and bring a …
Marvellous Mark completes another year of challenges and looks forward to more in 2018
09-01-18Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Mark Gallimore, a supporter from York, has gone above and beyond for Candlelighters since his son, George completed his 3-year long treatment for Leukemia. Since 2014, Mark has pounded the pavements and smashed the summits, conquering amazing 292 miles in total. In 2017, he took part in four 10K’s, The Great North Run, The Yorkshire …
IVY HARLEQUIN NECKLACE SUPPORTS CANDLELIGHTERS
21-12-17Your stories • Posted by Lucy Brown
Ogden Harrogate are delighted with the results of our partnership with The Ivy Harrogate, for whom we were asked to design an exclusive Ivy-inspired necklace. This beautiful item, the Ivy Harlequin Necklace was recently auctioned to raise money for the Harrogate Candlelighters Charity at their Après Ski Party, Ripley Castle. The Ivy worked closely with …