Star Awards

On Saturday 11th May, we held the 2019 Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation Star Awards, sponsored by Peter Jackson, the Jewellers. It was a night of tears, laughter and much celebration, giving us the opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone who supports our charity.

We are privileged to have so many amazing supporters. Without you, we simply couldn’t do what we do to support everyone affected by lung cancer.

These awards were introduced in 2012 to recognise and reward the individual and groups that contribute time, energy and donations to Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation every year.

The people nominated are not celebrities but real stars, unsung heroes of all ages whose stories take your breath away. The Star Awards are our way to say thank you to all our fundraisers, volunteers and supporters who have made our vital work possible.

Award Categories, nominees and winners

★ Visionary Award ★

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The judges will recognise and reward the bravery and courage of someone who is striving for a better future for other individuals and families affected by lung cancer.

The finalists are:

Kathy Beattie:More than five years after being diagnosed with lung cancer, Kathie remains positive and dedicated to finding new ways to live longer and better. She became a central figure in our 2018 LCAM campaign. 

WINNER: Debra Montague: Diagnosed with lung cancer three years ago, Debra set up ALK+ UK, a support network for those affected by this rare form of the disease. To raise funds for us, she’ll take on anything, even the scariest and toughest challenges. 

David Stringer: On being diagnosed with lung cancer, Dave was determined to travel. He shared his experiences through his online blog; a wry masterclass in how to use every possible way to cut costs. Dave was honest and inspiring right to the end.

★ Community Champion (Individual) ★

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The Community Champion (Individual) award will be presented to an individual who has raised awareness and/or funds for the charity.

The finalists are:

Hannah Lazenby:Having lost her mum to lung cancer, Hannah decided to raise funds to help people affected by the disease. She faces health challenges, but has launched a blog, in which she writes about her mum, grief and loss, and how to raise awareness of the disease. 

WINNER : Nick Whitehead:Diagnosed two years ago, Nick has had surgery and is recovering well. To raise money, he volunteered to have his head shaved and continues to support us by holding other fundraising events. 

Tom Exton:Having lost his dad to lung cancer, Tom shares his experiences with his many followers on social media, and finds novel ways to raise funds and spread awareness. 

★ Community Champion (Group) ★

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The Community Champion (Group) award will be presented to a community group who have come together to raise awareness and/or funds for the charity.

The finalists are:

WINNER: Netty Flewers / Team Flewers: Netty lost her husband, Neil, to lung cancer in 2015, and since then she and her family have taken on several extreme challenges and runs to raise funds. Despite her fear of heights, she has taken on abseils and zipwires, all to help our cause.  

Kelly Beba and the Crystal Charity Ball committee:Kelly’s father died of lung cancer in 2012 and just weeks later she contacted us to suggest holding a charity ball in his honour. This event continues to raise funds and spread awareness through the community.  

Charlie Buckle and the Lung Cancer Team in Oxford:The nursing team made an outstanding contribution to making our Information Day in November 2018 such a success, driving the highest attendance we have seen at one of these events in England.  

★ Local Business Award ★

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The nominees in this category are local businesses that support the charity through fundraising, sponsorship and volunteering activities.

The finalists are:

WINNER: ACS Business Supplies: ACS employee Stacy Thornton lost her brother Mark to lung cancer at the age of just 38. Mark also worked at ACS, and the firm has swung right behind us, nominating us as their charity of the year in 2018.

Rigby Financial:Brothers Andrew and Simon are directors of Rigby Financial, and their mother is now living with stage 4 lung cancer. They are holding a series of fundraising events throughout the year to benefit our charity. 

Custom Print:Without Custom Print, we simply could not do what we do as a charity. Time and again, they help us out, rush jobs through and deliver what we request in seemingly impossibly short timeframes, and they’re also event sponsors. 

★ Nick Pope Special Contribution Award ★

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This award recognises an outstanding contribution to Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation from an individual or organisation in the last two years.

The finalists are:

WINNER: Patti Wight Goss and Dom Servini:Patti has been supporting us since her husband Simon died of lung cancer. Simon’s close friend Dom has also become a dedicated supporter, running the London marathon four times to raise funds for us. Patti and Dom also set up the Simon Says event which raises both money and awareness of lung cancer. 

Viv Rowland:The London Marathon is vital for any charity, as so many people run to raise funds. Viv and her sister Debbie, motivated by their father’s lung cancer diagnosis, got involved in 2013. Now Viv takes over her entire street, turning it into the ’Team Vaseline’ cheer point, offering water, orange slices and encouragement to flagging runners.

John Yates:John’s support for our shop in Warrington has been immense, adding brand new items to the stock and using Gift Aid to make his contributions even more valuable. 

★ Challenge Award ★

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Nominees may have overcome adversity in order to complete a challenge, completed a particularly gruelling event or raised a significant amount of money for the charity through sponsorship.

The finalists are:

WINNER: Matthew Carr:When Matthew’s mum, Hazel, was diagnosed with lung cancer she benefited from an innovative treatment which gave her extra time with her family, but sadly, she died at just 58. Since then Matthew, with three friends, has climbed to Base Camp at Mount Everest to raise funds for our charity. 

Amanda Sands: A GP and Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Army Medical Corps, Amanda learned she had stage 4 lung cancer in 2017. Since then she has taken part in our Strictly Ballroom event and is now one of the women leading our #LikeMe campaign. She runs and takes part in tough sporting challenges to raise funds and awareness.

Emma Dixon:Emma’s mother, Kay, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2018. Emma found our information leaflets useful when she needed clarity on what was happening. Shortly before Kay died, Emma promised her she would raise funds to help find ways to diagnose the disease earlier. Emma took part in our Swim The Distance challenge, swimming a marathon distance in icy open-air waters. 

★ Roy’s Runner Award ★

This award will be presented to a Roy’s Runner or team of runners who have raised money and awareness for the charity by committing time and energy to compete in a particular race, triathalon or series of races.

The finalists are:

Georgina Walker:A brilliant runner, Georgina supports us because her family have been directly affected by lung cancer. She takes part in leading running events, including the London Marathon, to raise funds us. 

WINNER: Lucy Zirbser:A keen runner, Lucy was determined to continue even after being diagnosed with lung cancer in 2015. She completed 26 marathons, and featured in our ‘Inspire’ magazine, becoming the face of our 44,000 mile Challenge. She completed the 2018 London marathon, but sadly, died in August. Since then her husband Mark has carried on her work to honour her legacy. 

Laura Bagnall, family and friends:Laura took up running after quitting smoking in 2007, but was later diagnosed with lung cancer. A course of immunotherapy helped her live well for several years, and after her diagnosis ran two marathons as well as hoping to run this year’s London Marathon. Not only did she raised funds for us, she was instrumental in our campaigning for access to immunotherapy. Sadly, her illness progressed and she died in 2018. 

★ Corporate Supporter Award ★ 

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This award will be presented to a business and Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation charity partner that has committed to raise awareness and funds to combat lung cancer.

The finalists are:

Coca Cola:The internationally renowned drinks firm has supported our charity for many years, making substantial donations, which has enabled us to fund much of our ground-breaking research.  

WINNER: Specsavers: Our advocate, Tom Simpson, who featured in our #HeadHigh campaign in 2017, was a director with the Specsavers chain of opticians. The firm created a fundraising event – Tom’s Day – in his memory. Every store in Scotland donated £1 from each eye test they carried out in a full week, together with many other innovative fundraising activities. 

McClure Solicitors: For more than four years, McClure Solicitors have been supporting our charity, raising many thousands of pounds for us from legacies, commissions and donations, as well as performing invaluable services for patients and our supporters.    

★ Unsung Hero ★

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For this award, the judges will recognise an individual staff or volunteer who has worked tirelessly to support the charity.

The finalists are:

WINNER: Joanna Marshall:Joanna lived her life – right to the end – with utter dignity and selfless courage. Whatever she could do for us, she would so; this included being a key figure in our #HeadHigh campaign against stigma and featuring in the extensive BBC television coverage in February 2018. 

Irene Mandelkow:Almost 20 years ago, Irene’s mother died of lung cancer, and she has long been a supporter of our charity. In recent years, she has found an ideal role, as story-teller to children at the annual Spooky Welly Walk. She loves the whole thing, keeping the children enthralled and helping make the event that bit more special. 

Maria Doran:Since her husband Nick died of lung cancer, Maria has worked tirelessly to further our charity’s mission and goals, raising funds and promoting awareness, especially at Christmastime. 

★ The Outstanding Contribution Award ★

WINNER: David Baldwin

David has been at the forefront of lung cancer advancement for several years now, particularly with his additional work chairing the Lung Cancer Clinical Expert Group and other committees, and his commitment to ensuring that lung cancer is a priority of the NHS England 10 Year Cancer Plan.

David has been instrumental in the roll out of the national lung health checks programme, so in recognition of his contribution to lung cancer medicine we would like to present him with this special award.

★ The Ray Donnelly Inspire Award ★

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This award recognises a group or individual that has shown extraordinary longstanding commitment to the charity. The winning individual could be a longstanding volunteer, fundraiser, trustee or member of staff.

WINNER: Pink Mackenzie: The Pink Mackenzies group more than ten years ago, having seen both his wife and daughter die of lung cancer. The amazing efforts of the Pink Mackenzies, and their epic walks up and down the land, are the stuff of legend.