Fundraising ideas

There are so many ways to fundraise for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation – that don’t involve running a marathon!

Fundraising for lung cancer

From raising money with family and friends, to having a good old fashioned cake sale, the sky is the limit when it comes to fundraising for lung cancer. And our team of fundraisers are here to help you every step of way.

A new way to keep in touch with us throughout your fundraising journey is via our Fundraisers and Volunteers Facebook Group. This online forum is a way to see new fundraising and volunteering opportunities, plus you can share your story and make some friends along the way.

Fundraising favourites

Here are some of the most popular ways people fundraise for us:

Charity Ball or fun day

Whether you’re supporting someone living with lung cancer, or remembering a loved one who has passed away, charity fun days or evening balls are a great way to fundraise and raise money for lung cancer research and support. Fundraiser Kelly has held a charity ball every year since 2012, after losing her dad, Graham, to lung cancer. It’s grown and grown, so much that there is now a waiting list for tables!

Bake sales / Coffee mornings

Cake sales are a wonderful way to fundraise. After all, who doesn’t love a slice of cake?! Coffee mornings can be held anywhere – from offices, to schools and social clubs. Get everyone together and let them eat cake!

Head or beard shave

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. But now, with the rise of hipsters, we are seeing more and more people who are shaving of their beards to fundraise for lung cancer. Check out YouTuber, Tom Exton, who saved off his beard to raise money for us after losing his dad to the disease.


Bingo nights are also a fun way to raise money, just ask Lillian who held a bingo day for us with her self help group. After all, as Lillian rightly said “Who doesn’t love a bit of bingo?! We hired a hall and got the balls rolling. No one takes it too seriously – it’s just a lovely, fun time raising money for a fantastic cause.

Auctions and raffles

Raffles and auctions are a really good way to fundraise. They can be done as a standalone event in work or at school, or as part of a fun day or charity ball. Don’t be afraid to ask local businesses to donate prizes.

Quiz nights

Eyes down, phones away! First question – What is a great way to raise money for lung cancer? Answer – have a quiz night! You can do it yourself, or ask your local pub to host. It’s a really simple way to fundraise.


From horse racing, to the World Cup, there is always some sort of sporting event to run an office sweepstake on.

Tuck shop

Take advantage of people’s sweet tooth and create a tuck shop. Take request from your colleagues and see what they would like the tuck shop to stock to maximise sales! All profits can then go to the charity.

Bag packing

Contact your local supermarket by writing to the Charity or Community Champion at your local store and ask if you could arrange a bag packing service there. Then round up the troops and get packing. We can provide you with collection cans and donation buckets, as well as charity T-shirts.

Birthday donations

Ask your friends and family to make a donation to Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation instead of buying you a birthday present. You can now do this directly through Facebook and the money raised comes directly to us.

Dress down days

Whether it’s at school or work, dress down days are always popular and so easy to organise. Just email everyone to let them know the date and ask them to donate £1 if they take part. Rigby Financial, one of our corporate partners, are doing this every Friday for a whole year.

Give up something

From chocolate to social media, there is all something we could give up to fundraise for lung cancer. And quite often, as well as raising money, it’s beneficial to our own health too! Win win!

Fundraising for lung cancer

However you choose to fundraise for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, thank you. We receive no government funding so every lung cancer research project we back, every person living with lung cancer we support, every life we save is thanks to donations from people like you. We simply could not do anything without your help, support and incredible fundraising.

“I know how devastating lung cancer can be; my husband, David, died within six months of being diagnosed. However, thanks to Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and its supporters, my story is very different. The health check that they funded saved my life.”

Linda was diagnosed with early stage lung cancer through our lung health check and had curative treatment