HULL City owner Assem Allam is donating £1m to an appeal set up to help improve the treatment of medical conditions such as cancer and heart disease.
The windfall will go towards completing the Daisy Appeal to raise funds for the PET-CT Scanning Centre, which is being built at Castle Hill Hospital and is due to open in April.
The latest donation brings Dr Allam’s total contributions to the appeal to £1.6m - but the charity still needs to raise a further £2m to buy a cyclotron and radio-lab facilities that will complement the PET-CT scanner.
The charity’s founder, Prof Nick Stafford, said: “This latest contribution is incredibly generous and means we can deliver the scanning centre on time, which is great news for local people.
“Currently, this region is served by a mobile scanner which visits just twice a week so to have a permanent and truly world-class facility at Castle Hill will, I believe, have a hugely positive effect on the health of the region.”
Dr Allam added: “The Daisy Appeal is bringing to the people of Hull, East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire the promise of better health and that is the most important thing there is.”
Prof Stafford maintained that all contributions to the appeal are welcome, no matter how large or small and stressed “everyone will be touched by cancer, heart disease and dementia at some point in their lives”.