Donations have started pouring into the Telegraph & Argus Bradford Crocus Cancer Appeal, which aims to raise £1 million towards developing pioneering cancer treatments in the city faster than ever before.

On Wednesday, we announced our biggest campaign for more than a decade to buy Bradford University’s Institute of Cancer Therapeutics (ICT) a new, hi-tech mass spectrometer which could hold the key to its scientists making a vital discovery in the war on cancer.

Since then, generous readers have already pledged their support to our mission by giving cash online and by text message. And now we need your help by thinking of fundraising feats that can get us to our target.

Whether it’s something little like holding a jumble sale, or big like running a marathon, every penny will go towards research into improving cancer treatments which could benefit patients across the world.

We want schools around the district to get involved by holding non-uniform days, staging sponsored silences or raising cash with cake sales, raffles or tombolas.

Community groups, businesses and those affected by cancer can also join in by organising their own fundraising events.

We’d also like to hear from people who are up for a challenge – whether it’s taking part in a sponsored skydive, tackling the Three Peaks or training for a triathlon.

T&A readers have done it before and, with your help, we can do it again.

Twelve years ago we raised £1 million through our Bradford Can... cancer appeal which helped build the institute where, in 2011, a major breakthrough in the quest to improve cancer treatments was made.

A massive fundraising drive meant the target was reached in only 16 months, triggering a further £5 million investment by Cancer Research UK.

For the T&A Bradford Crocus Cancer Appeal, we have joined forces with the university, charity Yorkshire Cancer Research and principal supporter the Sovereign Health Care Charitable Trust, to raise the money, which will help boost the city’s international reputation as a leader in cancer research.

Get in touch with your fundraising plans and we will feature your stories every step of the way.