Walking towards £1 million for Sheffield Scanner

Thanks to the Big Walk and other generous donations we are now one step closer to bringing the most advanced medical imaging to Yorkshire, having raised £750,000 for Sheffield Scanner. 

Using the combined power of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET), MRI-PET offers unprecedented levels of detail about the organs, tissues and structures in the body and how well they are functioning. The scanner will help to transform understanding of serious conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease; cancer; epilepsy; heart and lung disease; Motor Neurone Disease (MND); Multiple Sclerosis; Parkinson’s disease and stroke, with the overall aim of improving outcomes for patients.

The £2 million campaign has seen a significant boost in donations following The Big Walk 2017, which saw 272 people walk up to 50 miles in just 24 hours. The walkers, along with a host of other community fundraisers, have contributed over £108,000 towards the total since the campaign launched in March 2017. Contributions have also been received from charitable trusts and foundations, legacy gifts and generous individual donations, bringing the grand total up to £750,000.

Community fundraising lead David Meadows, said of the response to the appeal: “I am overwhelmed by the number of alumni, staff and friends of the University who have come forward to support the Sheffield Scanner campaign. The University was founded on penny donations from the citizens of Sheffield and today we are continuing that tradition of giving by helping to bring this facility to the city. £750,000 is an incredible achievement, but we have £1.25 million to go to reach our target and need more people than ever before to join the campaign.”

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The Big Walk 2017

Before the walk, Professor Wyn Morgan, Vice-President for Education, said: "There is a strange combination of excitement and nerves running through me about the big task we face in walking 50 miles. I have only done 27 in one day before! However, the cause is so wonderful and important, plus I know the spirit along the way will be fabulous so I can't wait. I just hope my legs last out.”

He was right. The spirit and energy of the walkers, runners and volunteers was truly inspirational and all for a vital cause. Community fundraising over the 24 hours alone reached £7,000.

A big thank you must also be given to all 51 volunteers who helped make the walk possible. This includes all the marshals around the route, checking people through safely and providing a friendly face and amazing encouragement when the going got tough, but also the entire University catering team who ran the refuelling station at Over Haddon, as well as Wendy Jackson who opened up her home to the walkers for a much-needed pit stop in Froggatt.

The Big Walk 2017 started at 7am Friday, 30 June. 272 people set off from outside the Octagon taking in the stunning scenery of the Peak District including Bakewell, the Chatsworth Estate, and Froggatt. 

Walkers navigate rocks

Professor Wyn Morgan on the walk

143 people completed the full 50 miles with an average walking time including stops of 19.14 hours at 2.60 miles per hour. The quickest walker completed the course in 15.05 hours.

Walkers en route

Tony Ryan on his bike

In total we walked 10,930 miles, the equivalent of walking to the city of Hobart in Tasmania. 25 people ran or ran/walked to the finish line, the quickest completing the route in under 10 hours.

Wendy Jackson opens her house

walker takes a seat

Take a look back over the fantastic day with this Twitter moment