AN evening in Keighley to reward youngsters coping with serious, chronic illnesses was attended by more than 200 people.

The annual Danny Ryan Awards, which also served as a reunion for former Holy Family Catholic School pupils, took place on Saturday night (March 10) at Victoria Hall.

£500 awards were presented to five-year-old Nicole Vendettuoli, 13-year-old Byron John Dawson, two-year-old Evie Bergan and 11-year-old Louisa Butlin.

Among the guests were 90-year-old Eileen Ryan, widow of former Holy Family deputy head Danny Ryan. The awards were set up and named after him following his death more than 30 years ago.

The evening featured live music by Pat Jordan and Frank Farkas with his band "The End".

Sean Gilligan, one of the organisers, said: "The night was very successful, and the combination of the Danny Ryan crowd and the former Holy Family pupils worked really well.

"The hall was full and there was a lovely atmosphere."

Kathryn Butlin, other of Louisa, said: "It was a great evening and Louisa was on cloud nine about being included in it.

"Everyone was so kind towards her and showed what community and love is truly about. What a lovely way to celebrate these inspirational children's lives."

Mr Gilligan said a date of Saturday March 9 has already been set for the 2019 awards evening and school reunion.

He also thanked David Gallagher Funeral Directors, which donated the overall Danny Ryan fund with a cheque for £500 shortly before the 2018 awards night.