Our life-changing campaign hits major fundraising milestone of £500,000

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Sheffield Scanner is the charitable cause for this year's Big Walk and other events and everyone – staff, students, alumni and friends – are welcome to get involved. 

This major fundraising campaign, which will help us take a leap forward in medical imaging, has just reached a major milestone of £500,000. So a big thank you to all the generous donations so far. 

Throughout 2017 we need your help to raise the remaining funds and to reach the £2 million target. We will use this to establish a ground-breaking MRI-PET facility in Sheffield. MRI-PET is the future of medical imaging. It will transform our understanding of serious conditions such as cancer, dementia, heart and lung diseases, MND, Parkinson's and stroke and the way we treat them in the future.

As well as financial donations, giving your time to help fundraise can be just as valuable. We have guides and resources to help you organise events, from quizzes and bake sales to marathons and skydives.

If you would like to get involved and want to help bring this ground-breaking MRI-PET facility to Sheffield please visit the Sheffield Scanner web pages where you will find a fundraising guide:

Sheffield Scanner fundraising guide

The Big Walk 2017

Later this month we are hosting The Big Walk 2017: 50 miles in 24 hours walking challenge. More than 270 staff, students, alumni and friends of the University will be attempting to walk as far as they can along a circular 50-mile route – from 7am on Friday 30 June to 7am on Saturday 1 July 2017.

I thought if I could do something to help raise money for the new scanner that could identify major diseases like cancer, dementia and MND – and help to keep families together then I needed to do it.

Marie Hezseltine, Financial Support Officer

Marie Hezseltine, Financial Support Officer, is taking part in the Big Walk to help raise money for the scanner. She said: “My sister-in-law was diagnosed with cancer in January 2016 and then in June of the same year I lost my dad to cancer.

“Unfortunately, after fighting for the last year my sister-in-law also lost her battle with cancer.

"I thought if I could do something to help raise money for the new scanner that could identify major diseases like cancer, dementia and MND – and help to keep families together then I needed to do it.

"It is so important for Sheffield to have its own scanner in order to help treat patients quicker and closer to their own homes.”

About Sheffield Scanner

An MRI-PET scanner produces the most highly detailed pictures of the inside of the body available. This powerful technology combines scans from Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) to provide superior information of the organs, tissues and structures in the body and how well they are functioning. With this knowledge we will be able to answer major questions about disease and identify faster and better ways to detect, treat and prevent ill health. The scanner will be the first facility of its kind in Yorkshire and a vital investment in the health of people in this region, across the UK and beyond.