A Yorkshire Day dinner is the latest event which will help our £1 million Telegraph & Argus Bradford Crocus Cancer Appeal to blossom.

Fundraisers Geoffrey and Janet Green have joined forced with Simon Grybas, of Bradford’s Dubrovnik Hotel, to organise the first in a series of events which will raise cash towards our campaign to pioneer new cancer treatments in Bradford.

Mr Green, who has helped raise £16,000 for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal over the last four years, said they decided to back the appeal because of its focus on the city.

Our biggest fundraising drive in more than a decade could further cement the city’s world-class reputation in developing new cancer treatments and make its ground-breaking work to fight the disease ten times faster than before.

We want to buy Bradford University’s Institute of Cancer Therapeutics (ICT) a new high-tech mass spectrometer, which could hold the key to its scientists making a vital discovery in the war on cancer.

This will allow scientists to study tens of thousands of proteins, which play a key role in cancer and could hold the breakthrough to developing new, targeted treatments without the horrendous side effects of chemotherapy.

Mr Green, whose father was a patient of Professor Robert Turner, who pioneered chemotherapy treatment in Bradford, said: “This appeal is unique in that it is a Bradford thing, but it is not something that will just benefit Bradfordians, but people across the world.

“We were also involved in raising money for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal in 1991-1992, when Sydney Collard was supporting Bradford War on Cancer. This is a step forward from that. This will improve researchers’ understanding of cancer and almost certainly see a more palatable form of treatment.”

The four-course dinner will be held at the Dubrovnik Hotel at 7pm on Thursday, August 1. Tickets will cost £30 each, or £55 for couples, with £10 from each ticket sale going to the T&A Bradford Crocus Cancer Appeal. There will be other fundraising activities on the evening.

Tickets are available from the Dubrovnik Hotel on Oak Lane, Bradford. For more details, call the hotel on (01274) 543511.