£10,000 Donation to ‘The Christie’ towards Proton Beam Therapy

Joyce and John were recently able to hand over a £10,000 donation to ‘The Christie’ on behalf of you, the many supporters of Daniels Light. The donation will be used to support recent advances in Proton Beam Therapy.

You can read more about Proton Beam Therapy on ‘The Christie’ website:



Daniel’s Light nears quarter of a million pounds – August 2013

Daniel’s Light, the Whaley Bridge-based charity raising money to fight leukaemia, moves on to nearly quarter of a million pounds, donated to the Christie Hospital in the last 18 years.

Joyce and John Shacklock, from Furness Vale, set up the charity in memory of their son Daniel, a victim of leukaemia at the age of 20.  They handed over the latest cheque for £7,000 to Christie community officer Jacky Plant, bringing the grand total to £219,000.

July 2013

The latest sum was raised from many coffee mornings and efforts by volunteers, and included £1,000 from this year’s charity blockbuster, the Mellor March,  and £801 from a marathon run by one of Joyce’s near neighbours, Raj  Mahardjan.  He may only be about eight stone, but Raj – willed on by his wife Caroline – ran the 26 miles of the Greater Manchester Marathon 2013 in 3hr 39min 22sec, a personal best.  Raj, 46, a member of the Goyt Valley Striders, is a valet porter at the Midland Hotel in Manchester.  He was sponsored by the famous hotel, and supported by many staff there.

Jacky Plant, accepting the cheque, said:  “They are wonderful people here, with big hearts.”  And turning to Raj, she said:  “That was a great contribution.”

SOURCE – http://www.whaleybridge.com/2013/08/daniels-light-nears-quarter-of-a-million-pounds/

£207,000 – Thanks to you and Daniel’s Light – October 2012

Joyce and John Shacklock , the Furness Vale couple who founded the charity Daniel’s Light in memory of their only child, Daniel,  have handed over another £10,000 to the Christie Hospital leukaemia unit.  This brings to  £207,000 the total raised by the charity over 17 years, to help beat leukaemia, the disease that killed their son at 20 years of age.

Jacky Plant, community officer for Christie, went along to John and Joyce’s home, to receive the cheque.  Nine ladies from Furness Vale and Whaley Bridge, who help Joyce with fund-raising coffee mornings and lunches, joined the little ceremony in John’s garden, filled with his beloved bonsai trees.

September 2012

Most of the fundraising is done in the Peak District, but the charity’s fame has spread into Greater Manchester and elsewhere.  Children from Greenbank preparatory school, Cheadle Hulme, raised £5,613 for Daniel’s Light, which became the school’s charity of the year. Kate Mercer, who lives in Whaley Bridge, is music teacher at the school – she suggested the charity to Greenbank’s  head.

Kate’s husband Simon, is music teacher at King’s School, Macclesfield.  The couple have been strong supporters of Daniel’s Light ,  Joyce Shacklock said:  “The school gave us such a boost, it was absolutely wonderful.  We are so grateful.”

SOURCE – http://www.whaleybridge.com/2012/09/207000-thanks-to-you-and-daniels-light/

Edging closer to £200k milestone – November 2011

THE GENEROSITY of Whaley Bridge Ladies Guild members has helped a High Peak charity edge closer to a fundraising milestone.

The women raised £560 from a series of coffee mornings, sales of hand-made cards, a raffle, and a tea party to celebrate the Royal Wedding.

The proceeds have been donated to Daniel’s Light, a fundraising organisation set-up by Furness Vale residents John and Joyce Shacklock, in memory of their son Daniel, to benefit the Adult Leukaemia Unit of the Christie Hospital.

Joyce, a member of the ladies guild, said: “We are thrilled to receive this amount of money. Over the years, the support such as this has been incredible, and we hope that, by this time next year, we will have raised £200,000.”

SOURCE – http://www.buxtonadvertiser.co.uk/news/local/edging-closer-to-200k-milestone-1-3984105

Daniel’s Light aims for £200,000 – July 2011

We have recently donated £10,000 to the Christie Hospital to buy equipment.

May we thank you all so much for your wonderful support for Daniel’s Light over the years.

Also a big thank you for our team of ladies who help at our events.

July 2011


We have now raised over £196,000 for the Christie.

We hope that by this time next year we will have reached the Big  One (£200,000)!

With our thanks and best wishes to you all,

Joyce and John.

SOURCE – http://www.whaleybridge.com/2011/07/daniels-light-aims-for-200000/

High Peak couple mark their son’s 15th anniversary with £10,000 donation – August 2010

A couple from Furness Vale in the High Peak who have tireless fundraised for The Christie since the death of their son have handed over a further £10,000 donation.

John and Joyce Shacklock’s son Daniel was just 19 when he was diagnosed with a vicious strain of acute myeloid leukaemia. He sadly died 14 months later in 1995. Following his death the pair decided to honour his memory by raising as much money to help the leading cancer centre, where he received treatment.

Over the past 15 years they, along with fellow family members and friends, have managed to now raise £186,000.

August 2010

Joyce said; “We would never have got to this amount without the marvellous support from local people and from a particular group of ladies who work so tirelessly on events. Their love and support has helped us through and I know Daniel would be extremely proud. He believed that if fundraising could make the job easier, especially for the nurses, then the beneficiary would always be the patient.

“I can’t believe it’s been 15 years since our son lost his fight, but his aura lives on among everyone who knew him. This is why we find it so easy to keep his name alive.

“He underwent many treatments at The Christie’s haematology and transplant unit, which was then the adult leukaemia unit. The care and love shown to him and also to John and I will never be forgotten. It’s something which will always be remembered with warmth and tenderness by both of us.

John added; “There isn’t anything that hasn’t been done to boost the fund – from Cinderella performances and boat trips, to astrology lectures and duck races. Our whole community has come together to do their bit, because they loved Daniel and because of course everyone knows someone who’s been touched by cancer.

“Daniel was our son, and it was his untimely death which prompted our desire to join battle in the fight against cancers. Little can compare to the wonderful glow of happiness when a patient enters remission and takes one step forward on the road to recovery – we hope that the money we’ve raised will help make that a reality for as many people as possible.

Community fundraising officer at the Christie charity, Jacky Plant, said; “When John and Joyce set up their fundraising appeal, they were determined to help improve the experience of other patients and they’ve more than achieved that. They’ve funded a £60,000 accommodation suite so that families can be in close proximity to the patient during treatment, they’ve helped buy vital equipment – their support really has been invaluable and we can’t thank them enough.

“They always say they’ll continue fundraising as long as the support is there. Given what a fantastic, loving and compassionate couple they are, I know that that support will never stop.”

SOURCE – http://www.christie.nhs.uk/the-christie-charity/news-press-office/2010/050810.aspx

Keeping Daniel’s Light Shining – May 2007

A High Peak family who have tirelessly fundraised for Manchester’s Christie Hospital in memory of their son handed over their latest donation recently – an amazing £16,000.

May 2007

Daniel Shacklock was just 20 years old when he passed away from leukaemia in 1995. Following his death, his parents decided to honour his memory in the best way they knew how – by raising money to help the Adult Leukaemia Unit (ALU) where he was treated.