July 10, 2008

Daisy Appeal Launches New Fundraising Campaign for Pounds5m Cancer Scanner

Fundraisers behind the Daisy Appeal are launching a new campaign to buy a pounds5m hospital scanner to help East Yorkshire patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease and cancer.

Professor Nick Stafford, chairman of the charity, said the hi- tech scanner would be used by Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust to help investigate various cardiac, neurological and cancer conditions.

Only a few other hospitals in the UK have similar equipment.

The Daisy Appeal was set up six years ago to build the Hull and East Yorkshire Medical Research and Teaching Centre in the grounds of Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham.

The pounds7.5m centre is due to be officially opened on July 25 and will hold clinical research trials into heart disease and cancer.

So far, the Daisy Appeal, a former Mail charity of the year, has raised pounds5.9m.

Now Prof Stafford wants the public's help to buy a scanner he believes will improve care for patients in East Yorkshire.

Outlining the aim of the scanner appeal, Prof Stafford said: "It would involve the raising of funds to have a scanning facility here that is not available to the average city in the UK.

"It would provide a further piece of equipment for the investigation of various cardiac, neurological and cancer conditions in terms of early recognition and the diagnosis of on-going disease."

Currently, patients in East Yorkshire have to use a machine transported on a trailer from Sheffield or Nottingham.

Prof Stafford said: "This is basic-level scanning.

"With a visiting service there is no ability for it to develop, whereas if we had our own scanner we could really go out there and take forward this new technique that others can't do."

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