Daisy Appeal’s call to make Hull a European leader in heart and cancer treatment

Almost 200 people from firms across Hull and the East Riding attended a ball at the Guildhall to mark the launch of the next phase of the Daisy Appeal, raising £8,000.

Unveiled last week as the Mail’s Charity of the Year, the Daisy Appeal is embarking on a £4.25m appeal to pay for a cyclotron, allowing scientists to develop radioactive isotopes or markers to enable doctors to offer patients more precise and effective treatment.

Fundraising co-ordinator Jan Hornby said: “It was a good opportunity for everyone to see what the Daisy Appeal is all about and what we are trying to raise funds for to help patients across Hull and the East Riding and to put Hull on the map in terms of scientific research.”

The Daisy Appeal was launched in 2000 and raised £8m to open the Daisy Building at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham in 2008.

Last year, the Jack Brignall PET-CT Centre was opened and the Charity has now embarked on the next stage of the appeal to establish a Radiochemistry and Cyclotron Centre.

With the £4.25m target being set, the Daisy Appeal has started a raffle for a Smart Car worth more than £11,000. With a one in 5,000 chance of winning the black and orange car, tickets costing £5 are on sale at the front reception of the Hull Daily Mail in Blundell’s Corner, Beverley Road, in Hull city centre.

They are also on sale at the Daisy Building in the grounds of Castle Hill Hospital and at Listers Mercedes-Benz in Priory Park, Hessle. The draw will take place on June 30.

Jan Hornby appeals to people who wish to help the charity reach its target through fundraising events to call her on 07850 100224.