Join the fight against big three health problems

An EAST Yorkshire medical charity is appealing for volunteers to join the fight against cancer, heart disease, and dementia.

Monday, 13th January 2014, 10:07 am
dailsy appeal
dailsy appeal

The Daisy Appeal, based at Castle Hill in Cottingham, is urging potential area co-ordinators to come forward to help organise fund raising efforts in and around the Pocklington area.

Although volunteers will not be required to give up a great deal of time, they are being seen as integral to the ongoing support of the charity which is working to improve survival rates for patients suffering from the three conditions.

The Daisy Appeal is looking to raise a further £2m to create a permanent PET-CT scanning centre at Castle Hill, as well as scanners and associated equipment, which will aid early diagnosis of the diseases.

Dawn Brocklesby, from Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, is one person who knows the value of the work the charity is carrying out.

Dawn, who recently completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge along with her spaniel Brockie, lost her sister and her best friend to breast cancer and was diagnosed herself.

She said: “I was so frightened when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, especially after losing two of the closest people to me to the disease, but I have been fortunate and wanted to show people that there is life after being diagnosed with cancer. Also, more importantly, I wanted to show that if diagnosed early enough the prognosis is much improved, and having a PET-CT scanning centre at Castle Hill will achieve this.”

She added volunteering to help the Daisy Appeal would be an incredibly worthwhile experience and an opportunity for people to make a real difference.

“The charity will have an impact across the board as it doesn’t just focus on cancer,” she said.

“My mother-in-law suffers with dementia and early scanning and diagnosis could have helped. If you catch it early, the medicine to treat that symptom has a better chance of working.”

Charity founder and leading head and neck surgeon, Professor Nick Stafford, said to take fundraising to the next level the charity was looking to attract ambassadors from across the region.

He said: “We’re not looking for people to dedicate a huge amount of time to the charity, but we are looking to branch out into the areas where the services we are raising money for will benefit, which includes Pocklington and Market Weighton.

“All we are looking for is people who could spend a few hours each week speaking to local fundraising organisations such as the Round Table, Rotary Club, and the Lions, as well as local companies and sports clubs – anyone who might be willing to promote Daisy and/or raise funds for the appeal.”

The Daisy Appeal will offer full support to volunteers including fund raising advice, presentation materials and Professor Stafford will be available to deliver talks to local groups about the charity’s activity.

Anyone interested in volunteering should email fundraiser Nicky Holthuysen at [email protected].

5 reasons why Daisy is so important

Cures for cancer, heart disease and dementia are not around the corner, so early diagnosis is the best chance patients have.

The Daisy Appeal is working to improve survival chances for patients with cancer and heart disease. It will also have a profound effect on the lives of dementia sufferers, where an early diagnosis means treatment has a much higher chance of success.

Patients in East Yorkshire and North and North East Lincolnshire are currently served by a scanner that visits the area just two days each week. The Daisy Appeal will provide a permanent scanner, which will greatly reduce waiting times. Also, some conditions are best detected hot, eg, the best time to scan for heart disease is just after a heart attack – hard to do if you need to wait days for the scanner.

Prior to a scan, a patient is injected with a tracer. That tracer helps highlight problem areas during the scan. Tracers are generic and have a very short shelf life. The Daisy Appeal is researching new kinds of tracers that will target specific types of illness, leading to much more accurate scans and faster diagnosis. Daisy is working towards be able to produce tracers in a patient-by-patient basis. The tracers will also be produced on site.

The Daisy Appeal is a local charity bringing huge improvements to the local area, and whose research will benefit patients across the world. Daisy will put the area on the cutting edge of research into cancer, heart disease, and dementia and will attract top medical professionals to the area.