Hero of the Month – Roy Castle OBE

Who was Roy Castle?

Roy Castle was a dancer, a singer, a comedian, an actor, a TV presenter and a musician. His legacy is even more than his showbiz career though, in July 1994, as he was dying from passive lung cancer he began a Tour of Hope around the UK raising over £1m in three days. The Tour of Hope went on to become the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, the only British charity dedicated to fighting lung cancer.

Born in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1932, Roy Castle was a tap dancer from an early age. Once he’d left school his career began in Blackpool in the early 1950’s before moving into television and film. In 1963 Roy married dancer Fiona Dickson and they had four children.

Following a versatile career as a performer on stage, television and film, he became best known to British television viewers as the long-running presenter of the children’s series Record Breakers. Roy Castle went on to host the programme for over 20 years

Roy and Fiona Castle were together until his death on the 2nd September 1994 and Fiona continued to work with the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. She was awarded an OBE for her services to charity in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2004.

The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation raises money and awareness as well as supporting those fighting lung cancer. The foundation funds over £1m worth of research every year, hoping to one day find a cure and in the meantime looking for new ways to diagnose lung cancer as early as possible. The charity also supports those with lung cancer as well as their loved ones, from practical assistance to support groups helping to make a difficult time more bearable.

Fresh Air Awards

The Fresh Air Awards recognise a wide range of businesses, from pubs and restaurants with smoke-free gardens and outdoor eating areas, to places of work, sports stadia and health care organisations offering smoke-free outside spaces. The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation wants to highlight other businesses and organisations that already have smoke –free areas or who want to introduce them. If you would like to recommend a business or for the award then please contact the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

HSE People is working with The Blue Cow Inn raising money for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation throughout the Summer. If you would like to donate you can via the JustGiving page  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bluecowinn

There will also be an auction raising money for the Foundation, if you have something you would like to donate please email rebecca@hsepeople.com

Thank you

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