Candlelighters announced as our Charity of the Year 2020
Lives are turned upside down in an instant when a child is diagnosed with cancer, not just for the child but for parents, siblings, family and friends.
That is why for 2020, CDS have chosen to support Candlelighters as our charity of the year.
Jonathan Astin, Chair of the CDS charity programme, said: “The charity is closely aligned to our values, and is committed to making a positive difference to children and their families in Leeds who have cancer or leukaemia. It also marks our commitment to corporate social responsibility and desire to make a positive social impact by supporting the wider community where our employees live and work.”
The company’s charity committee recently met the Fundraising Manager Amy Harrison to find out about the charity, what they have achieved and their goals for the coming year. We also had a tour of the cancer ward at Leeds Children’s Hospital and saw first-hand some of the facilities that Candlelighters have helped fund through similar partnerships with Leeds-based businesses.
Commenting on the announcement, Amy said: “To meet the growing need across the Yorkshire region, we must raise more money than we ever have. That’s why the support of CDS is so crucial, and we can’t thank you enough for supporting us.”
Candlelighters is a local charity based in Leeds that supports children and their families in Yorkshire who have been affected by cancer - during treatment, after treatment and through bereavement.
Each year, around 150 children in Yorkshire are diagnosed with cancer. Candlelighters provides support from the point of diagnosis for as long as is needed; there is no time limit to their services.
Established in 1976, Candlelighters was established to bring light and hope to ordinary families facing extraordinary circumstances. Forty years on, they offer financial, emotional and practical support to any child and their families receiving treatment for childhood cancer at Leeds Children’s Hospital.
Over the years, their services have grown and evolved to meet the changing needs of those whom they support, but have remained free, ensuring support is accessible to everyone.