Vale Radio's Charity of the year: Candlelighters

Foundedin 1976 by families and medical staff, Candlelighters continues to help support children with cancer and their families.

We fund research, family holidays, grants, essential additional services within the hospital and vital support for families battling children's cancer.

On the Wards... we fund essential additional services from funding posts, to purchasing IT equipment, to building a state of the art Pavilion for families to take a break from the sounds and smells of the hospital

Family Support... whether we are supporting families financially, sending them on a much needed break or welcoming them to our brand new family support centre, The Square, we are there for families both practically and emotionally.

Through Research... each year we plough hundreds of thousands of pounds into the research and study of children's cancer. We are proud this is funded by the people of Yorkshire with the potential for international impact.

Although we are over 40 years into our journey, our aim today is the same as it has always been: to bring support and hope to ordinary families who are facing extraordinary circumstances.