Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation is the UK’s only charity dedicated to the defeat of lung cancer, the biggest cancer killer of men and women. The charity was founded in 1990 by leading thoracic surgeon, Professor Ray Donnelly, in 1993 the much-loved entertainer, Roy Castle, was diagnosed with the disease and teamed up with Ray to raise £1 million to fund the creation of a pioneering lung cancer research centre.

Now, the Foundation funds vital research into the disease, and supports those living with the disease through nurse-led support groups, information days and hardship grants.

Did you know...

  • Lung cancer kills over 36,000 people in the UK every year, which is more than breast cancer, prostate cancer, bladder cancer and leukaemia combined.

  • Anyone with lungs can get lung cancer – it is not just a smokers disease and in fact the number of lung cancer deaths in never-smokers is higher than for many other cancers, including cervical, womb and bone cancers.

  • Half of all people with lung cancer will die within 6 months of diagnosis

  • The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation played a vital part in the smoking ban in public places

What makes Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation different

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation is solely dedicated to the defeat of lung cancer and the support of those living with the disease. It does not judge or stigmatise patients for past life choices that may have impacted on their health.

Other ways to support

Supporters can take part in a whole host of fun activities to raise money for the Foundation, from runs, swims and cycles to bake sales, raffles and ballroom dancing! Supporters can also help us raise awareness about the disease and the work of the Foundation by sharing social media posts and encouraging their friends and family to do the same.

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