Each year an average of 150 children are diagnosed with cancer across Yorkshire. Candlelighters provides support for the children and their families through this extremely difficult time and their support never ends.
Financial grants are provided for parents who may have to, for example, stop working to care for their child. Holidays are offered to allow families time to spend quality time together and make lasting memories. Candlelighters organise therapies and support groups. These groups allow family members to connect with others who are in a similar situation and chat to people who truly “get it”.
Candlelighters funds medical and play equipment and approximately 35,000 hours of staff time a year at the Leeds Children’s Hospital as well as funding research projects with the hope of improving future outcomes for children with cancer.
To do all this, Candlelighters receives no statutory funding and relies 100% on voluntary donations
To date, Medilink have raised just over £5000 for Candlelighters. This could fund 2 months of talking therapies, provided to all families or could fund 5 holidays for families who need to spend quality time together as a family at Centre Parks or at a caravan park in Filey.
Candlelighters would love to hear from any business looking to support a charity that is supporting ordinary local children and their families facing extraordinary circumstances.