Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation gives help and hope to anyone affected by lung cancer.
We aim to save lives and support people when they need it most.
We fund research, give patients and their families a shoulder to cry and if you want it, we’ll provide you with trustworthy information about the disease.
The charity was founded as the Lung Cancer Fund in 1990 by Professor Ray Donnelly, FRCS, a thoracic surgeon, to raise awareness of the problem of lung cancer.
In 1993, Professor Donnelly put together his ideas for an international centre for lung cancer research. At this time much loved UK entertainer Roy Castle was diagnosed with lung cancer. Roy agreed to give his name to a special appeal for the Lung Cancer Fund to raise £12m to build, equip and run the centre.
Roy Castle spent much of the last year of his life helping to raise millions of pounds for the appeal. Sadly Roy died in September 1994 and his heroic contribution was recognised by changing the name of the charity to Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.