National Tapathon

National Tapathon

Registration fee: £5
24th May 2020

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s National Tapathon. Thanks to you, we raised over £50,000 which is an incredible amount.

Missed out? You can still watch Harrison’s dance on our Facebook page at

We’ll be back next year to do it all over again so you can dance along with us then.

It’s not too late to make a donation to support all those taking part below

In 1977, Roy Castle joined 500 other participants to perform the then largest tap dance at the BBC TV Centre. Every year we host a National Tapathon to honour the legacy of this remarkable man, and this year we’re making it extra special to mark 30 years since Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation was founded.

We’re inviting families and dancers from across the country to join us from the comfort of their own home to learn a dance routine inspired by Roy Castle’s famous record breaking performance outside the BBC studio.

Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be sent a video link with a full guide on how to learn the dance routine. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned dancer or if you’ve got two left feet – anyone can take part!

We’ve got BBC’s The Greatest Dancer finalist, Harrison Vaughan, to create an interpretation of Roy Castle’s original dance, with all the top tips and how-to’s so you can mimic it at home!

Then, on Sunday, 24th May, we want everyone up and down the country to perform the dance at the same time to get the UK dancing. Get friends and family to sponsor you, and video yourselves dancing to show your impressive new moves. We’ll also have Harrison streaming his performance LIVE for you to all dance along to!

Not only will this be something fun everyone can take part in during the lockdown, but everyone who signs up gets an exclusing National Tapathon medal, and best of all it helps fund lung cancer support to those who need much needed help.

Can’t make it on the day? If you can’t make 3pm but would still like to participate, you can watch the video from the day and do it at a later time.

We are here to support you every tap of the way!

Once you are registered, we will send you

  • A confirmation email with the link to access your tutorial video clip
  • Tips and suggestions for fundraising – keep an eye out for our fundraising incentive!
  • Certificate and medal to congratulate you once you complete your Tapathon success!

Where your money goes

Your support will help us to raise awareness of lung cancer, provide support through specialist lung cancer nurses, information materials, support groups, and continue our vital research into early detection of the disease.

Unfortunately, we receive no government funding and therefore our work relies on the support of individuals like you. Due to the current circumstance, there is a huge increase in our Ask the Nurse helpline and the launch of our Keep in Touch Support Service, so every donation is helping us continue to do important work for those who need it most.

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation is the only UK charity wholly dedicated to beating lung cancer, and at this very worrying time our patients are at even more at risk of becoming seriously ill if they contract the COVID-19 infection.  Please know that we are working hard to make sure they are fully supported during the pandemic; our office is closed, but we are still here. 

So, join us and take part in our National Tapathon event raising money for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.