How The Daisy Appeal started

In 2000, Nick Stafford, a retired head and neck surgeon, and former director of the University of Hull’s Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI) had the idea to create the Daisy Appeal.

Nick recognised there was a lack of scanning facilities in East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire so set about the task of building the charity from the ground up.

The Charity was generously and enthusiastically supported by the Yorkshire and Humberside community and £8m was raised, which got us started on the path to where we are today.

Once it was established, Nick became the Chairman of its Board of Trustees. We are committed to raising Hull’s national and international profile as a centre of excellence in medical research.



Since it was established in 2000, the Daisy Appeal has raised £12.5m to fund cutting-edge research and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

 We are now completing an £8.2m radiochemistry and cyclotron unit so we can produce our own radioactive tracers. This will also allow us to scan patients with certain heart and neurological conditions, including Alzheimer’s.

On this page you’ll find a timeline of our major milestones in the fight against cancer, heart disease and dementia.

Year 2000


The Daisy Appeal is founded with the aim of funding cutting-edge research and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

Year 2008


£8m Daisy Appeal Medical Research Centre opens on the Castle Hill Hospital site in East Yorkshire.

Year 2014


£4.5m Jack Brignall PET-CT Scanning Centre opens, featuring a Siemens Biograph mCT Flow Edge PET-CT scanner and blood analysis laboratory/automatic gamma counter.

Year 2020


3,235 local patients were scanned in 2019/2020. The Daisy Appeal facilities delivered accurate results, earlier diagnosis and faster treatment


£8.2m radiochemistry and cyclotron unit will open allowing us to produce the radioactive tracers to improve accuracy and detection rates for cancer, heart disease and dementia in Hull, East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire.

Once the facility is fully functional patients from a wider geographical area will have access to its services. The charity aims to play a leading role in clinically relevant PET-CT research over the next two decades and to show that the technology can be brought to the individual patient, quickly and effectively.


How does a PET Scan work?

PET-CT scanning is one of the fundamental services the Daisy Appeal has funded. This ground breaking science helps NHS clinicians diagnose cancer, heart disease and dementia but how does it actually work? Watch this short video provided by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) to find out.

How does a PET Scan work?