Fundraising ideas

The pandemic may have cancelled events and put a stop to traditional fundraising, but there are still loads of ways you can support those living with lung cancer. And our team of fundraisers are here (albeit virtually) to help you every step of way!

Here are some of the most popular ways our supporters have been fundraising for us over the past 12 months:

Virtual Runs

Since the first lockdown began, our virtual runs have been a huge hit, especially our Retro Run series. Whether you’re a running novice or a seasoned pro, our virtual runs can help get you moving! What’s more, you’ll earn yourself a well-deserved medal and if you raise or donate £25 or more, you’ll also get your hands on a technical top.

View all our Virtual Runs

Virtual cycles and walks

Not a runner, no worries! You can create your very own cycling or walking challenge.

After Andy was diagnosed with lung cancer and brain metasteses, he was determined to get back out on his bike.

I set myself a personal challenge of cycling 300 miles in a month – more than I’d done even before my diagnosis!”

Andy McKay

When Clare’s fundraising walk was cancelled, she didn’t despair – she got out in her local area of Cirencester to complete her trek in honour of her mum.

I have a pair of legs, I can trek anywhere!

Clare Phillips

Looking to get more exercise this year? Our Get Walking guide will help you build up your fitness and… get walking!

Staying safe during the pandemic

It is vital that those taking on a virtual run, walk and cycle follow the strict Government instructions. Under the current instructions, exercise should be limited to once per day & you should not travel outside your local area.

You can exercise in a public outdoor place, either by yourself, with the people you live with, with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one), or with one person from another household (on your own). 

It is absolutely essential that we all follow the Government instructions. You are taking on a challenge in support of those living with lung cancer. They are at high risk of serious illness if they contract this virus, so please make sure you only take on a challenge in line with the latest Government instruction and stay safe.

Lets get quizzical

As lockdown has returned, so have the virtual quizzes! There are many ways to host a quiz, including Zoom and Facebook. The easiest way to fundraise is encourage family and friends to donate to play, most people tent to suggest between £3-£5 per person.

We’ve even sorted out the questions for you!

Back in 2020, and to celebrate our 30th anniversary, we held a 90s quiz hosted by Fun House’s Pat Sharp. Click here to request your copy of the questions.

Facebook Fundraisers

Many people are now asking friends and family to make a donation instead of a birthday or wedding gift. Facebook have made it really easy to set up and Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation receive 100% of the donations.

Roy Castle Lottery

By taking part in our weekly lottery, not only will you be supporting our work and the people we help, you’ll also be in with a chance of winning the top prize of £25,000!

Shopping saves lives

All profits from our online shop fund vital lung cancer research. From cards to gifts, merchandise to cancer care products, there’s sure to be something for you at

Did you know..? When you shop with Amazon Smile, Amazon makes a donation to us, at no extra cost to you – but only if you’ve selected us as your Smile charity. Click here to find out more.

Hair and beard shaves

With everyone experiencing a case of the lockdown locks, it’s no surprise that many of us are taking the plunge and shaving it off for charity!

Head shaves have always been a popular fundraising event and are often done in solidarity for a loved one who has lost their own hair during treatment for lung cancer.

Back in 2018, automotive vlogger Tom Exton filmed his head and beard shave for his 200,000 YouTube followers and raised over £10,000!

How ever you choose to fundraise, you’ll be helping people affected by lung cancer. When Lee’s dad was diagnosed during the coronavirus pandemic, his family entered the unknown. Fortunatlely, Lee found our Ask the Nurse service.

“We were on the phone for about an hour. I never felt rushed, or that she was trying to wrap up the call to speak to someone else. By the end of it, I had all the information I needed so when I spoke to Dad’s consultant, I knew exactly what I needed to ask”

Lee, Ask the Nurse service user