CandleLighters Family Support Bus
The Family Support Bus was created by Roadshow Promotions in collaboration with Candlelighters, who wanted to have a mobile support vehicle that could bring the benefits of their family support centre in Leeds to families who live further away in the region. The bus was launched at the Candlelighters Awards in September 2016 and has been visiting various locations across Yorkshire ever since.
The bus is based on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis and has been fitted with two therapy rooms, a kitchenette, a toilet and a waiting area. The bus can accommodate up to six people at a time and is wheelchair accessible. The bus also features a bright and colourful exterior design that reflects the charity’s logo and brand identity.
The bus offers a range of complimentary therapies, such as Indian head massage, acupressure chair massage, reflexology and holistic facials. These therapies are provided by qualified therapists who work at the charity’s family support centre or volunteer for the charity. The therapies are intended to help families cope with the stress and challenges of childhood cancer by improving their physical and mental wellbeing.
The bus also serves as a hub for information and advice for families who need guidance or support on various issues related to childhood cancer. The bus staff can provide information on topics such as benefits, education, travel and bereavement. The bus staff can also signpost families to other sources of support or services that may be available to them. The bus staff aim to create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for families who visit the bus and to make them feel part of the Candlelighters community.