Sheffield Scanner fundraising hits halfway mark – thank you everyone!

Read the official press release - Sheffield Scanner appeal tops £1 million

Our President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett has today (6 December) praised colleagues across the University for helping our ambitious Sheffield Scanner campaign break through the £1 million barrier.

We’re now more than halfway to reaching our £2 million fundraising target, thanks to widespread support from colleagues, along with current and former students, members of the local community and friends of our University.

From generous one-off gifts to sponsored sporting events, quiz nights and bake sales, more than 5500 donors have helped the project reach this major milestone.

Professor Sir Keith said of the news:

“How have we got here? It is thanks to the hard work and generosity of the University of Sheffield community who have got behind this campaign and have helped us reach that £1 million milestone in record time.”

“Whether you have been walking, running, swimming, singing, sewing, baking, marshalling, driving, printing posters, holding a collection bucket, wearing a Sheffield Scanner T-shirt, buying raffle tickets, writing quiz questions, sponsoring a friend or colleague. However you are helping the Sheffield Scanner campaign reach its £2 million target – I say thank you.”

It is thanks to the hard work and generosity of the University of Sheffield community who have got behind this campaign and have helped us reach that £1 million milestone in record time.

Professor sir Keith Burnett

Professor Dame Pamela Shaw, Vice-President and Head of Medicine, Dentistry and Health at the University of Sheffield, has been leading the campaign.

“I’ve been delighted by the response to the Sheffield Scanner fundraising Campaign. It’s thanks to the time and generosity of countless individuals and groups that we’ve passed the £1 million mark,” she said.

“I know that many people who are contributing to this appeal have been affected by diseases that this Scanner will in future, help us to treat. They may have been diagnosed themselves or have seen the impact that these illnesses can have on the lives of family or friends.

"I am personally touched that they have chosen to help the campaign – bringing us one step closer to helping so many other patients in future.”

Tracy Woodward from the Medical School talks about her fundraising activites including the Hettie Hedgehog campaign

What’s next?

We’re thrilled to have got this far, and we’re looking forward to hearing more of your fundraising stories as we work towards our £2 million target.

To inspire you, here’s a look back on some of the imaginative and resourceful fundraising initiatives we’ve learned about during the past year. Can you spot yourself or your colleagues in our gallery? Do you have a story to share from one of these events?

10k run

Sheffield 10k run

Talent Showcase

Talent Showcase


Hettie the Hedgehog

Football Tournament

Football Tournament


Big Walk 2017

3 peaks

Three Peaks Challenge

Ian Wright

24 mile swim in 24 hours

bake sale

Accommodation and Commerical Services bake sale


110km ultra-marathon

There’s a handy toolkit here if you want to get involved in community fundraising for the Sheffield Scanner.

To build on the success of last year’s Big Walk, look out for more opportunities for group community fundraising in 2018. Also, don't miss the Juice Needlework Christmas Fayre on Wednesday 13 December, the Diamond Ground Floor Exhibition Space, 9am-5pm and Festive Juice Walking Session, both raising money for the Scanner.

About the Sheffield Scanner

The ground-breaking medical imaging facility will help researchers tackle some of the most devastating diseases facing society today.

Launched earlier this year, the Sheffield Scanner campaign aims to set up a state-of-the-art MRI-PET imaging facility here in Sheffield. The high-tech scanner will provide unprecedented views of inside the human body by combining the power of both MRI and PET in a single scan.

MRI-PET allows detailed pictures of the body’s bones and tissues to be mapped onto important information about how the body is functioning. The advanced imaging technology will transform understanding of serious conditions like cancer, dementia, heart and lung diseases, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson's and stroke and the way they are treated in the future.

The Sheffield Scanner will be located at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital on the central University campus, offering direct access to patients, doctors and researchers.

There are currently only seven MRI-PET scanners in the UK. This will be the first of its kind in Yorkshire and a vital investment in the health of people in the region, across the UK and beyond.

All donations to the £2 million fundraising campaign will be matched by the University of Sheffield.

Find out more about the Sheffield Scanner