THE cancer charity named after Holmfirth-born entertainer Roy Castle is still struggling financially.
Money from fundraising events dropped dramatically and charity shops are operating at a loss for the fourth year running.
Accounts for 2002 sent to the Charity Commission show the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation had a £737,000 deficit for 2002.
It follows losses of £377,000 in 2001, £908,000 in 2000 and £943,000 in 1999.
But organisers say the foundation is able to meet its commitments to pay for medical research and its other charitable aims by dipping into reserves.
The foundation was set up after Roy, the Scholes-born entertainer, raised millions of pounds to pay for research shortly before his death from cancer.
A drop of £1.2m in revenue from fundraising events is being blamed as one of the main reasons for the losses in 2002.
Charity chief executive Mike Unger said: "None of our commitments to research will change. We will be giving exactly the same amount of money as we did this year.
"If you look just at the figures on their own it does look bad.
"But we are in the middle of restructuring both the charity and the retail."
The charity is planning a new competition with the company Eurosource to increase fundraising.