Every September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, when charities such as Candlelighters not only make every effort to increase awareness of childhood cancer but also to raise funds for their work.
Around 150 Yorkshire children are diagnosed each year with what is a life-changing condition, not only for the children but also for their families. A return to health may take a long time and involve help extending, beyond the medical treatments, to emotional and financial support. That’s where Candlelighters comes in. For as long as it is needed, Candlelighters’ support is there.
What’s happening in September? Well, the first ever large scale drone event, #WeAreOne, with NHS staff, patients and supporters joining up to produce a video to capture the shape of the Awareness Month’s gold ribbon.
There’ll also be a pirate-themed gold treasure hunt on the ward at the Oncology and Haematology Units at Leeds Children’s Hospital.
On 21 September, a bucket collection will take place in the City Centre, where the charity’s new mascot, Champ, will join in.
On 29 September, it’s the Candlelighters Skydive. (Rather them than me.)
Prizes are to be had for anyone who buys a chocolate treat for £1 and finds a gold, silver or bronze winning ticket.
Tom Robertshaw, who is Fundraising Manager, said:
“September is such an important time of year Candlelighters and we want to encourage as many people as possible to get involved with all the amazing things happening. We would also like to thank everyone who has signed up to get involved so far.”
If you or anyone you know would like to support Candlelighters during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website here to find out more or donate online.
Photograph provided by Candlelighters.
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