We've done it! £2 million raised for the Sheffield Scanner campaign

A massive thank you and congratulations to everyone who has helped us raise £2 million for the Sheffield Scanner campaign. You're helping change the lives of patients in Yorkshire and beyond.

  • More than 11,000 donations from people across the region and around the globe will help bring this revolutionary MRI-PET scanner to Yorkshire.
  • The high-tech scanner will provide unprecedented views of inside the human body, helping medical researchers unlock puzzles about hard-to-cure diseases.
  • The University has matched every £1 given to the £2 million fundraising appeal.

Sheffield Scanner site - artist impression

The beginning of an exciting journey for Sheffield

Thank you from President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Koen Lamberts:

"It is a great pleasure to share with you the news that the University’s Sheffield Scanner campaign has reached its £2 million fundraising target. This success is a fantastic achievement and testament to the hard work and dedication of people across the whole University.

"Since joining the University last month, I have seen for myself how colleagues have got behind the Sheffield Scanner campaign. I have been impressed by the level of engagement from individuals and groups in all faculties and service areas.

"Looking through the stories and pictures that Corporate Communications, and Development, Alumni Relations and Events have collected, I can’t help but admire your enthusiasm and creativity. What really stands out to me as well is your collegiality. The Sheffield Scanner campaign has brought the University’s community together in ways that we can all be extremely proud of.

It is a great pleasure to share with you the news that the University’s Sheffield Scanner campaign has reached its £2 million fundraising target.

Professor Koen Lamberts

"The numbers speak for themselves. The campaign has attracted more than 11,000 individual donations and generated more than £250,000 from community fundraising activities involving over 750 staff, students, alumni and members of the public. Collection boxes in the University’s cafés have alone raised £1,500.

"Last week I visited the site where the new MRI-PET facility will be built. Construction work on the two-storey building has now begun and I will be following progress closely. I also met with Professor Dame Pam Shaw, colleagues from Estates and senior representatives from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University’s Council. I am encouraged by the strength of the University’s relationship with the Trust and how that partnership underpins our translational and clinical work in the Medical School.

"Although today marks the conclusion of the £2 million Sheffield Scanner fundraising campaign, it is actually just the beginning of an exciting journey for the University, the Sheffield City Region and beyond. I look forward to seeing how the new MRI-PET facility will advance Sheffield’s ambitions for excellence in medical and clinical research. Thank you all for helping to make this happen."

Site visit

MRI-PET facility map


Your fundraising stories

11,000+ donations | Fundraising events involving over 750 people | £250,000 donated from community fundraising

People have contributed in so many different ways, from baking cakes and knitting crafts to running marathons and walking 50 miles across the Peak District. Thank you to staff, alumni, students and friends for the more than 11,000 donations received. Each donation has made a difference.

Here are just some of your fundraising stories:

Big Walk 2018

Big Walk 2017

Chloe at Talent Showcase

Ian Wright

Bucket fundraising Sheffield Scanner

Janine and Michelle Barraclough


Our vision is becoming reality

We're creating a home for one of only eight MRI-PET scanners in the UK, and the first in Yorkshire

Now we have reached our fundraising target, work can begin on the purpose-built facility for the MRI-PET scanner. The new building will be attached to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital at the heart of our medical research campus and is expected to be completed in spring 2020.

By combining the power of both MRI and PET images in a single scan, the scanner will deliver the most advanced imaging technology to date. It will help leading scientists and medics tackle some of the most devastating diseases facing millions of people, including dementia, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and motor neurone disease (MND). The facility will also bring more clinical trials to the region, giving patients in Yorkshire access to ground-breaking new innovative treatments that are being developed.

Dame Pam Shaw led the fundraising campaign

"Time has flown since I first saw an MRI-PET scanner at a leading research centre in Europe and recognised the difference it could make to future patient care. It’s hard to convey how impressed I was by the detailed images that this technology was producing. Detail that was helping medical researchers unlock puzzles about so many different diseases that are proving hard to cure. From that moment on, I knew that we needed to bring this technology to Sheffield."

Professor Dame Pam Shaw, Vice-President and Head of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, and Director of the Sheffield NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Translational Neuroscience

Scanner facility architect image

Sheffield Scanner room

 Keep up to date with the construction on the Estates development pages