On Sunday, 23rd May, people from across the UK came together to take part in the our National Tapathon 2021.
Hosted and choreographed by 16 times world tap dancing champion, Kai Scanlan, dancers learnt a routine to Justin Timberlake’s smash hit, ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ then came together virtually in their kitchens, car parks, bedrooms and gardens to perform in this amazing event.
Everyone who took part raised over £20,000 to help fund essential lung cancer research and support services, so we’d like to say a big THANK YOU! Every tap you took will make a big difference to those affected by lung cancer. We’d also like to thank Kai for being such a great host and giving up his time for this event.
In the past 12 months our tap dancing fundraisers have raised an unbelievable £100,000 which has meant we can help those who need it most during what has been a difficult time.
Please keep an eye on our social media channels and our website for future tap dancing events, we hope to see you all soon!
Missed the live event? Don’t worry! Catch the recording on our Facebook page.
Where your money goes
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation is the only UK lung cancer charity dedicated to helping everyone affected by the disease.
Since 1990 we have funded over £30 million in lung cancer research, lay the groundwork for lung cancer screening, funded the first ever lung cancer nurse specialist, performed the first ever lung cancer keyhole surgery, funded and built the first lung cancer research centre in the UK, campaigned for life-lengthening treatments, raised awareness of lung cancer, challenge the misconceptions around the disease, provided emotional, practical & financial support for thousand diagnosed & living with lung cancer.
All of this hard work was starting to make a real difference. With more research funding and treatments for lung cancer, survival rates have increased, most notably 10-year survival which has now doubled.
But then Covid hit, and lung cancer was cast back into the shadows. For a year, people with lung cancer were told to shield. They had to stay away from their loved ones. Many saw their life-lengthening treatments disrupted, whilst others with symptoms, stayed at home and potentially denied the opportunity of an early and life-saving diagnosis.
However, we were there to ensure no one faced lung cancer alone. Calls to our Ask the Nurse service increased 61%, whilst our latest Keep in Touch support service is ensuring the most socially isolated are not overlooked or forgotten. And our Still Here campaign reached over 2.2million people urging and reassuring those with symptoms to contact their GP.
And it is not over yet. With your help, we will continue to support everyone affected by this disease. With your support, we will fund research so more people are diagnosed early. Together, we will campaign for further treatments to give families more time together.