Have you gone pink yet?

Candlelighters, a charity supporting children with cancer, and their families, is asking people to turn Yorkshire pink this week until 12 June as part of their Pink It Up campaign.

It’s to raise awareness (and hopefully some money) so that the charity can continue to help practically, emotionally and financially.

Candlelighters told us: “You could host a pink event, do a pink challenge, or wear pink clothes – whatever you do, you’ll be helping to fund our vital support for families and raising much-needed awareness of childhood cancer. Most importantly, Pink It Up is about coming together as a community, having fun, and showing we care about children with cancer and their families! We really hope you’ll join us.”

Chief Executive Officer of Candlelighters, Emily Wragg: “We are so grateful for the support we receive from people across Yorkshire to enable our charity to be there for families facing the most unimaginably difficult time of their lives. Fundraising and donations from supporters mean we can provide vital emotional, practical and financial support for families facing childhood cancer, and that support is available to them for as long as they need. We support hundreds of families every year. We’d love for people across the region to get involved in our Pink It Up campaign, whether taking on some pink fundraising for us or simply donating to us. Every penny raised makes such a huge difference to the children and their families.”

Candlelighters has been supporting patient Aspen and his family (pictured). Aspen’s father, Ste, said: “Our first experience of Candlelighters was the first morning we spent on the ward, with Elaine (the Candlelighters Dinner Lady) coming round asking what we wanted for breakfast. We then learnt that the play team were funded by them, and certain other things around the ward, and in the day clinic. The initial grant from them certainly helped us with the frequent hospital trips and additional food during Aspen’s steroid pulses and the assistance and support given from everyone while in hospital helped more than we could ever tell. Even just for a quick chat, every little thing made a big difference to us.”

Pink It Up is taking place from 6th – 12th June 2022. If you’d like to get involved with Candlelighters’ Pink It Up campaign and support families from across Yorkshire, you can find all the information you need here https://www.candlelighters.org.uk/pink-it-up/.

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