Candlelighters Awareness Month
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Candlelighters GO GOLD for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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 and the support they offer to families across Yorkshire.

Each year, over 150 children in Yorkshire are diagnosed with cancer. When a child is diagnosed, lives are turned upside down instantly: not just for the child but the entire family. Getting well again can be a long and challenging journey, emotionally, physically, and financially.

Supporting children and families throughout that journey is why the charity, Candlelighters was formed more than 40 years ago. Their mission is to bring light to every family affected by childhood cancer across Yorkshire by providing emotional, practical and financial support, as well as bringing hope, by investing in vital research to improve the outcomes and lives of children with cancer.

CandlelightersEvery September Candlelighters looks to turn Yorkshire gold in support of CCAM and this year is no different. Leeds City Council buildings will light up gold, as well as Leeds Direct Arena on the 1st and 30th of September to help mark the international campaign. The charity’s campaign throughout the month, encourages families and supporters to help raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of childhood cancer, such as continued, unexplained weight loss, increased swelling or persistent pain in the bones, joints, back, or legs and development of excessive bruising, bleeding, or rash which are just a few of the changes in a child’s body that can signal a problem that may need medical care.

In addition to raising awareness, CCAM is also a great way to raise the vital funds needed to be able to support children and families through a cancer diagnosis as well as investing in vital research. You can set up a gold-themed fundraiser by heading to their website,

As well as CCAM, over the next few months, the charity celebrates its 45th Anniversary! They aim to share some of the amazing things Candlelighters have been able to achieve over the years, as well as taking a trip down memory lane with past patient stories from whom they supported as children.

The charity have set up a special fundraising page to help share memorable stories and the opportunity to leave a donation to ensure they can continue creating memories for years to come. You can share your memories here at or why not make a donation?

Thanks to support from existing and budding fundraisers and families supported by the charity, this year’s CCAM campaign is bound to shine gold across the region, with families at Leeds Children’s Hospital already donning their best #GoGold attire, including a giant gold ribbon!

Candlelighters reminds their families that if any of them are experiencing any worries or that feel they need any support at any time during or post treatment or bereavement, Candlelighters’ support is there for as long as they need it, even if they’ve not used the service for a while. The charity says to simply get in touch by calling on 0113 887 8333 or email

If you or anyone you know would like to support Candlelighters during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, please visit their website to find out more or make a donation online.

Established in 1976, Candlelighters is a charity formed and run by parents of children who have or have had cancer, ex-patients and the medical staff who treat them. Based in Yorkshire, Candlelighters provides essential services and support to children with cancer and their families.

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, lives are turned upside down in an instant. Not just for the child but for their parents, grandparents, siblings, friends and extended family. Priorities change, everyday concerns suddenly seem trivial and a future once so bright and so full of hope can appear bleak and daunting. Getting well again can be a long and challenging journey, physically, emotionally and even financially. Helping and supporting those children and their families throughout that journey is why Candlelighters was formed more than 40 years ago and it is why we are still here.

CandlelightersBecause Candlelighters was founded by, and is still run by, parents of children who have or have had cancer and the medical staff who treat them, we understand the trauma and the turmoil of that diagnosis and how the support and care needed may differ from family to family.

So, 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.

On the wards, at our family support centre or in the community, Candlelighters Supports Children and families from across Yorkshire. Candlelighters is a big family. And like any family, we look after each other. Anyone touched by children’s cancer in Yorkshire, no matter how long ago, is considered a member. Our job? To bring this family together and make sure each person can get the support they need, whether that’s a funded holiday, or just a cup of tea and a chat. See below to find out more about where you can find us.

Candlelighters TrustYour donations make a difference to children fighting cancer and their families across our region. Make a donation and help us to offer vital support

For more information about Candlelighters please visit or follow us for the latest updates on Facebook at @CandlelightersTrust and on Twitter @CandlelightersT email: or call 0113 887 8333.

Thank you for visiting our online shop where you can support us with a virtual gift, get your place at an event or purchase that essential piece of Candlelighters merchandise

We at Candlelighters appreciate you taking the time to speak to us and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. If you would like to send a cheque, please make it payable to Candlelighters and send it to us at 8 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD.

Thank You ❤️🎗️

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