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Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation IOM

The story so far….

Monday 6 September in Community

RCLCF IOM was set up as a registered charity on the Island in 2019 to support local patients with a lung cancer diagnosis. Since then, we have partnered on awareness and fundraising projects with Isle of Man Anti-Cancer Association, Naseem’s Manx Brain Tumour Charity and Head of Private Fundraising, Jane Hibbert has represented the charity on the IOM Cancer Charities board. All these charities and associations have been a tremendous support since we became a registered charity on the island.

Our 2017-2018 Cut Films project was funded by the IoM ACA and in 2019, was commissioned for another two year project. Cut Films is an innovative prevention programme aimed at young people and discourages them to start smoking. In September 2019, we joined the team for an Island wide awareness roadshow - spreading awareness of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer.

In 2021, we’ve produced an Information and Support Services document for Island lung cancer patients and their families which provides a comprehensive synopsis of all support pathways available.

We have also been busy on the fundraising and the events side in 2021! As the UK side of the charity became adept at holding virtual fundraising events, we followed suit and had our first virtual ‘Tapathon’ in February. Island dance schools, individuals and Manx Radio presenters joined us from their own homes (or socially distanced in a studio) and did a tap dance routine inspired by Roy Castle’s ‘Happy Feet’ raising around £2,000.

We’ve rolled out the successful ‘Retro Running’ series and ‘Roy’s Runners’ group on Island to athletics and running clubs to raise funds and awareness. Local biomedical scientist Mike Hayler raised money this way in memory of his cousin Lewis who passed away three years ago from lung cancer.

Mike’s work involves processing samples in histology at the pathology lab at Noble’s and he had become acutely aware of a rise in the number of lung biopsies received in the lab. This also motivated him to represent the charity to create more awareness of this disease and encourage people to come forward with early signs. Our most recent national campaign ‘Spot the Difference’ is proving very effective in helping people to do this https://roycastle.org/campaigns/spot-the-difference/

We held a very successful WASP Murder Mystery event in May – expertly organised by our patient advocate, Heather Christian and Gerry Pishvaie from Naseem’s Manx Brain Tumour Charity. A total of £1130 was raised and split between the two charities.

Our Parish Walk supporters did brilliantly! Our supporters, Cameron Pringle, Dani Christian and Ryan Brew made a mammoth effort and raised £1,736 between them. Dani and Cameron walked the walk for their mother and godmother respectively, Heather Christian, our patient advocate.

We were delighted to hold our third charity golf day in July which was organised by local businesses Grant Thornton and Pringle Law. After their close friend Heather Christian was diagnosed with lung cancer, Dennis McGurgan and Pamela Pringle joined forces to show support and raise money to help others affected by the disease. Heather is also godmother to Pamela’s son, Cameron, who also worked on the event to raise funds and awareness about lung cancer.

The day was a great success and raised £3,915 for RCLCF IOM. The funds raised from the raffle - £1,165 - were presented to Craig's Heartstrong Foundation. This was a thank you from us as one of their defibrilators was used to help our supporter Fergus when he took ill on the course last year.

We also welcomed a new and somewhat smaller supporter of the charity! Six year old Daisy Harrison signed up to do the mini Parish Walk in July in memory of her cousin, Wendy Ward who died from lung cancer in 2019. She raised over £1,000 and due to illness had to recreate her mini Parish Walk at the NSC raceway. We applaud her kindness and thank Daisy from everyone at RCLCF IOM.

We have held Gaiety theatre collections which raised £400.03 and have a theatre fundraiser planned in October ‘Abigail’s Party’. To book tickets online click, https://roycastle.org/events/abigails-party/

Our annual charity quiz will also be held on 18 September at ‘The Cat with no Tail’ pub. For tickets, call Laura Jones on 07624 331389.

There are a variety of other ways to raise funds for RCLCF IOM! Running, cycling, swimming challenges – even a skydive – are up for grabs! For more information, please email [email protected] and help support local patients with a lung cancer diagnosis.

If you have five minutes to spare, please also watch our 2019-2020 Impact Report. It encapsulates how important the work of our charity is - particularly over the last 18 months - and features our IOM patient advocate, Heather Christian. https://youtu.be/93CydJ0HngM

Thank you for supporting RCLCF IOM.

Registered charity number England & Wales 1046854 Scotland SC037596 Isle of Man 1277

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