"To ease, through prayer, the burden of cancer on individuals, their loved ones and the community and to pray that the day will come quickly when all cancers can be prevented or cured."

Professor Ray Donnelly

Professor Ray Donnelly

Professor Ray Donnelly MBE FRCS is a retired thoracic surgeon. In 1990 he founded the Lung Cancer Fund which was later renamed the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and is its current President.

He is a committed Christian and in 1999 he brought together many of the cancer charities in Merseyside for a day of prayer for those affected by cancer entitled Pause for Hope. With their help he has developed the initiative, the highlight of which is an annual service in one of Liverpool's two cathedrals. Services have been held in other parts of the UK and on the Isle of Man.

He retired in 1998 and lives with his wife of 52 years in Formby. They have five children and three grandchildren.

He is the author of:

With Jesus to Calvary, reflections in verse on the Stations of the Cross with a Foreword by the Archbishop of Liverpool.

Cinderella Cancer, a personal history of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

Roy Castle Remembered, a collection of anecdotes and pictures of friends and colleagues of Roy Castle.

email: raymund.donnelly@roycastle.org

Messages of Hope

A message from:

"A Prayer Companion Through Cancer" by Kate Strickland.

A beautiful book of prayers for anyone coping with cancer.

Available on Amazon


Service Details

Services 2018

St Paul's Church, Cantley, Doncaster Sunday 11th February 2018 at 3pm

Cathedral Church of St Philip, Birmingham Sunday 25th February 2018 at 3pm

Chester Cathedral Sunday 3rd June 2018 at 3.30pm

St Bernadette's Church, Motherwell ML1 3PH Wednesday 6th June 2018 at 7pm

St Mirin's Cathedral, Paisley Sunday 8th July 2018 at 4pm

St Michael and St John's Church Clitheroe Sunday 14th October 2018 at 3pm

HMP Littlehey Huntington, Cambs PE28 0SR Thursday 4th October 2018

St Peter's Church, Lampeter Sunday 21st October 2018 at 2.30pm

Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool Sunday 28th October 2018 at 3pm

Renfield St Stephen's Church, Bath St, Glasgow Thursday 25th October 2018 at 7pm


Services 2019

Birmingham Sunday 22nd September

Lampeter Sunday 20th October 2019

Liverpool Sunday 27th October 2019



Further Information

Contact Us

Professor Ray Donnelly MBE FRCS
c/o Roy Castle Centre, Cotton Exchange Building, Bixteth St., Liverpool L3 9LQ
T: 0333 323 7200
Website: www.pauseforhope.org.uk

email: pauseforhope@gmail.com