Scan For Life appeal gets £5,700 festive boost


Big-hearted Free Press readers proved they really are top of the tree by raising nearly £6,000 in a festive fund-raiser for our Scan For Life appeal.

And that’s because the annual Memory Tree in the Frenchgate Centre proved another big hit this Christmas with hundreds of donations pouring in to boost campaign coffers.

Shoppers were able to buy decorations for their own Christmas tree right up to December 23 with donations going into the pot to help push us towards the finish line in our long-running campaign to buy a state of the art £600,000 cancer scanner for Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Kind-hearted hospital bosses earlier this month delivered an early Christmas present by installing the scanner early and getting it up and running - but we still need a few more thousands of pounds to push us onto that final total.

Just before Christmas, Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton dropped in to show her support and followed in the footsteps of Labour leader Ed Miliband. Both are keen supporters of Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust, the charity behind the appeal which will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2012.

Donations can be made by visiting the shop in East Laith Gate with cheques made payable to Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust. Funds can also be paid directly into the campaign account at the Co-operative Bank, account number 50326679.