Help us raise £1 million to help fight cancer in Doncaster

Officially opening the Scan for Life Scanner are L-R Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust founder Jeanette Fish, chairman Bob Fitzharris, and Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust chairman Chris Scholey. Picture: Liz Mockler D1841LM
Officially opening the Scan for Life Scanner are L-R Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust founder Jeanette Fish, chairman Bob Fitzharris, and Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust chairman Chris Scholey. Picture: Liz Mockler D1841LM

Let’s make it a Miles Better Million for the New Year!

That’s the message we are sending out to Doncaster Free Press readers today as we launch an exciting new appeal to raise £1 million which will help transform cancer treatment in Doncaster for thousands of people.

As 2015 kicks off, the Free Press, in its 90th anniversary year, has teamed up once again with our old friends Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust and Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals to raise the huge sum to pay for a new cancer scanning facility at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

This time round our appeal is absolutely vital - because it will bring radiotherapy services to Doncaster for the first time ever, saving scores of patients and their families emotionally difficult and tiring trips across South Yorkshire to Sheffield for gruelling treatment.

You’ve dug deep many times before to help us with our efforts in conjunction with the DCDT and we’re confident you can do it again by throwing yourselves into fundraising campaigns and backing our Miles Better Million drive with all manner of magnificent moneyspinning ideas and events.

DCDT secretary Jeannette Fish, who helped found the charity in 1972 and has helped raise a staggering £6.5 million to help fight cancer in the town in the last 42 years, said: “This state of the art scanner will enable people to get important radiotherapy treatment without having to go to Sheffield. Our campaign to raise £1 million will bring it to Doncaster for the first time.

“I am absolutely certain the people of Doncaster will dig deep once again and help make sure we reach our target.”

“Fundraising is now officially underway so its time for people to start getting their thinking caps on and telling us what they are going to do to help raise the money.”

In 2011, you helped us collect £600,000 for our Scan For Life appeal to purchase a new scanner for Doncaster Royal Infirmary and in 2000, you supported our Millennium Million campaign which raised £1 million to improve and extend St John’s Hospice in Balby.

Indeed, the hospice is probably the DCDT’s greatest achivement in its four-decade history, its opening in 1992 the culmination of a long campaign to raise £4.6 million to construct and equip the Weston Road building.

Cancer is something that touches the lives of many of our readers and their families so what are you waiting for?

Start supporting our Miles Better Million campaign today!