Leeds Candlelighters rewards its team of fundraisers

Candlelighters awards 2017. Picture by James Genchi.
Candlelighters awards 2017. Picture by James Genchi.
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fundraising heroes who have supported a children’s cancer charity have been honoured.

The Candlelighters awards ceremony at The Queens Hotel earlier this month recognised individuals, teams and organisations who have helped the Leeds based charity.

Gas Chat Tour fundraisers at Land's End

Gas Chat Tour fundraisers at Land's End

The ‘Above and Beyond’ award went to gas engineer Stuart Holland, 39, who has been part of the ‘Gas Chat Tour’. The team, from Leeds and Wakefield, is aiming to raise £100,000 for the charity by fitting boilers from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Mr Hulland’s colleague Allen Hart lost his three-year-old daughter Laura to cancer ten years ago. The family was supported by Candleighters.

To mark the tenth anniversary of her death the Gas Chat Facebook group are travelling around the country to fit boilers once a month. Customers pay ‘the bill’ via a Just Giving page for Candlelighters. So far they have raised more than £86,400.

Mr Hulland, 39, of Cookridge, said: “When we set out to do this we weren’t asking for publicity, we were just doing it because we wanted to do it.” He said he was ‘overwhelmed’ to win but stressed it was a team effort.

Other awards at the prize giving went to company of the year, conveyancing firm Enact which has raised more than £20,000; Company colleague of the year was Mike Robinson; Event of the year was Willpower Rugby League Festival which raised well over £10,000; The Fundraising Innovation prize went to Mike Ashton and Simon May for their ‘Tortoise and the Hare’ cycle challenge; Team Effort of the year went to Team Guy run by Tracey and James Metcalfe in memory of their son Guy; Volunteer of the year was Julie Lancaster; Young Fundraiser of the year was Nathan Barton-Kennedy, eight; Fundraiser of the year was Craig Wright who has raised £35,000; The Lifetime Achievement went to Ron and Sheila Waterson who have been fundraising for more than 32 years for Candlelighters.