Will you support the next breakthrough?

Gemma Middleton at a race and smiling for the camera

Gemma's Story

Gemma Middleton lost her life to MND in 2023. She was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative condition in 2016 at the age of 29. Almost immediately, Gemma, her family and friends began fundraising for SITraN, raising thousands of pounds through charity balls and other fundraising activities.

Gemma also played an integral part in the 2017 Sheffield Scanner appeal, recording a powerful video to motivate others to give. This film and her story inspired people to collectively donate over £2 million to fund the region’s first PET-MRI scanner

This scanner is now fully operational and supporting our researchers to pioneer life-changing therapies and treatments for neurodegenerative conditions. 

Watch Gemma’s powerful message here:

Gemma’s commitment to fighting MND remained with her to the last, choosing to leave £2,500 in her Will to further understanding of this cruel disease. 

Gemma was and still is an inspiration.

I want to help people like Gemma

Gemma at home with her trachy

SITraN’s next chapter - written by you?

SITraN has demonstrated that having clinicians and researchers working alongside each other, taking what they learn in the labs straight to patients, really works. But in part due to its great success, the facility is facing chronic pressures for space and is operating beyond capacity, delaying advancements. 

Now, a world-class sister facility will be built alongside SITraN that will double capacity, grow research and drug discovery programmes, and build on promising areas such as cell and gene therapy. 

We know that SITraN’s next chapter will be written in part thanks to our incredible supporter community. Will you help to write the next chapter for SITraN?

Yes, I believe research changes lives