The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


When a child is diagnosed with cancer, lives are turned upside down in an instant. Not just for the child but for parents, siblings, family and friends. Priorities change and everyday concerns suddenly seem trivial. Getting well again can be a long and challenging journey, physically, emotionally and financially, helping and supporting those children and their families is why Candlelighters was formed and why we are still here today.

‘Candlelighters’ is the registered charity started in 1976 by parents and medical staff to support the work of the Regional Paediatric and Adolescent Oncology and Haematology Unit here in Leeds. The Trustees of the charity are still parents whose children have been treated at the Unit and the consultants responsible for their treatment.

The dedicated help that Candlelighters give in supporting the Unit is seen in many ways. Financial assistance is provided for families in times of hardship. Help is offered by encouraging support groups for parents, siblings and teenagers and by providing holiday breaks in the Candlelighters’ chalets and caravans in Bridlington and Filey.

Some of the money raised is used to fund additional staff for the unit and to purchase medical equipment for the ward, outpatient’s clinic, bone marrow transplant unit and for use in the home. Many of the books, toys and games available on the ward have been bought by  Candlelighters.

A major area of Candlelighters funding is their support for research into various aspects of childhood cancer and leukaemia. In 1992 following a major fundraising initiative, the Candlelighters’ Children’s Cancer Research Laboratory was opened on the St. James’s site. A Candlelighters Grant also supports one full time research nurse post.

The parents of all new patients are added to the mailing list and should automatically receive details of the charity and a regular Newsletter. If you would like to know more about their activities or are interested in booking a break in one of the holiday homes, the Candlelighters’ office is situated in the outpatient’s clinic in the Children’s Hospital.

Contact us:

The Candlelighters Trust is a local Yorkshire charity based in the clinic area at the Clarendon Wing.

We are open Monday to Friday office hours.

You can contact us direct on 0113 247 0372 or email

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