Candlelighters is a Yorkshire based charity which provides support for children who have been diagnosed with cancer and their families. It was established in 1976 and is run mainly by parents and medical staff.

The charity uses the money raised to provide a vital range of services to patients and families. These include:

  • The allocation of social workers from the point of diagnosis to the families affected
  • Support groups for families, including bereaved parents and siblings of the diagnosed
  • ‘Breaks’ for those affected, such as lunches and other events on wards, and trips out for families away from the hospital environment
  • Providing medical equipment, family facilities, beds, toys, and other supplies to the Paediatric Oncology and Haematology Unit in Leeds, to which around 120 new young patients from across Yorkshire are admitted each year

The charity also undertakes research projects from their Children’s Cancer Research Laboratory in Leeds, and external projects across the Yorkshire region. One of the charity’s fundamental aims is, through research funding, to be able to successfully treat a higher proportion of children with cancer.

"Whether it be through the support of the friendly staff and experienced counsellors, that ‘home away from home’ environment we nurture on the ward in Leeds or the vital research into new treatments and cures we fund, we are here to help.”


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