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

International Day of Women and Girls in Science
11-02-21Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
11-02-2021 Did you know today is International Day of Women and Girls in Science? To mark the occasion, we spoke to Dr Jess Morgan who, with funding from Candlelighters, recently undertook research which will help children and young people with cancer to spend less time in hospital and more time at home… ‘Hello, my name …
Company of the Month… Barratt Developments!
25-01-21Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
Our company of the month for January – the first company of the month of 2021 is… Barratt Developments!   The brilliant Barratt Developments Yorkshire West has supported Candlelighters since 2018, raising over £30,000 during this time. The onset of COVID-19 meant many of their planned events were cancelled. These included their flagship golf day …
Company of the month… CDS!
21-12-20Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
Our company of the month for December – the final company of the month of 2020 is… CDS!   CDS first began supporting Candlelighters at the beginning of 2020 after choosing Candlelighters as their next charity of the year. The CDS team began the year with big plans and high hopes of raising £5,000 for …
Champ’s Christmas Raffle has been Drawn!
17-12-20Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
As of this morning, we can confirm the winning numbers of Champ’s Christmas Raffle 2020! They are… 1st prize – 5006850 2nd prize – 5007500 3rd prize – 5094100 4th prize – 5088026 5th prize – 5092864   Thanks again to everyone who entered and congratulations to our lucky winners! Thanks to all of your …
Thank You Once Again to The Susie P Foundation
01-12-20Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We are delighted to have received a grant of £2,000 from The Susie P Charitable Foundation, who are a continued supporter of Candlelighters. This grant will provide a Candlelighters Christmas Grant for 20 families. We know how difficult this year has been for many of our families and how this year more than ever, Christmas …

Your stories

Rupert Rows the Atlantic for Candlelighters!
12-02-21Your stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We’re excited to share an incredible supporter story with you – that of Rupert Fenby. Having just finished his A-levels, Rupert, along with eleven others will be rowing across the Atlantic Ocean to raise funds for Candlelighters in March 2021. Rupert said, ‘I will be one of the youngest people to have rowed across the …
Tails in the Dales!
17-12-20Your stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We spoke to Ian Broadbent, author of children’s book series, ‘Tails in the Dales’, which follow the adventures of Charlie the dog, on his farm. Ian has very kindly decided to donate the profits from the sale of his books to Candlelighters and we are incredibly grateful! Read on to find out more about Ian …
Meet Elijah and his family.
07-12-20Your stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
Meet Elijah and his family. Here is his Mum, Lauren to tell you a little about their cancer journey and how your donations have helped to support their family.  ‘We were first introduced to Candlelighters on Ward 31, when my son Elijah was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma at 19 months old in July 2016 and they …
Fundraising Story – B.O.B.’s Baubles
04-12-20Your stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
Today we’d like to share with you another beautiful fundraising story – B.O.B.’s Baubles. ‘At five years old, Blake Holdsworth became very ill and after three months of doctors appointments and hospital trips, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL). His treatment of chemotherapy and steroids started straight away, with six months of intensive …
Rhian’s Story
26-11-20Your stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
‘Hi everyone, I’m Julie, Mum to Rhian and Keeley.  Rhian was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) shortly after her 5th birthday in 2015. She completed her treatment in August 2017 and was clear of cancer for 20 months. She sadly relapsed in April 2019 and then during her treatment for this relapse, she relapsed …