Not just beyond belief, absolutely amazing!

When John and myself set up Daniel’s Light Charity in memory of our son Daniel, our fundraising target was in retrospect quite small, but with the help of a small team of supporters we were extremely proud to meet our target of £1000 and to hand this money over to the Christie.

Then day by day, week by week, month by month, year by year, more and more people encouraged us to continue fundraising. These were not people who supported Daniel’s Light in words only, they were people like you, who were prepared to give us their practical help and to donate their time so generously.

There have been so many events over the years, and what seemed at the time to be extremely ambitious fundraising targets of £1000, £10,000 and then £50,000 were eventually achieved.

TODAY – Daniel’s Light Charity is only £8000 short of reaching our latest cumulative target of £250,000.

This could never have happened without your help and we can never thank you enough!


£5000 donation in support of research into paediatric and teenage cancers

In January 2018, a small group representing the many supporters of Daniel’s Light were pleased to travel with us to donate £5000 to support Christie research into paediatric and teenage cancers.

Daniel’s Light is as always incredibly grateful to each and everyone of you who continues to support us and help to keep Daniel’s name alive.

You can view more information by clicking the link below

£5000 donation in support of the Christie Teenage and Young Adult Unit

It was with much satisfaction that John and Joyce acting on behalf of all Daniel’s Light supporters were able to donate £5000 to support this project.

The ‘Christie Teenage and Young Adult Unit’ (TYA) opened in June 2014 thanks to the wonderful generosity of the large number of individuals and organisations who supported the capital appeal.

You can view more information by clicking the link below

£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.”


£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.”


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.”


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.