A KEIGHLEY woman whose mother died of a brain haemorrhage has raised thousands of pounds for the charity researching this lethal condition.

Nuzzy Saddique, of Highfield, organised a dinner and entertainment night called Minds Together.

Her mother, Saeeda Saddique, also from Highfield, died suddenly on March 1 2015. She had previously been in good health.

Miss Saddique held the ladies' event in memory of her mother at the Royal Taj, in Manningham Lane, Bradford, last Friday. (March 9) Proceeds are going towards the charity Brain Research UK.

About 180 women attended the evening, which included a three-course meal, a raffle an auction, a selfie booth, and Bollywood-style dance performances by the group SonAash.

Among those who attended was Bradford Lord Mayor Councillor Abid Hussain, who made a £1,000 donation.

Further cash was raised by selling cakes and desserts, a guess the number of sweets in the jar game and an online appeal via the Just Giving website.

Miss Saddique, who works for social services, said: "The reason I held the event was to turn something heartbreaking into a positive and raise money and awareness to help those who'll find themselves in our situation in future.

"It was a really successful night. The venue was fantastic – very spacious with good service. People were so generous and everyone enjoyed themselves."

The evening raised a total of £9,289. Miss Saddique said once the money for food and entertainment was paid out, this left £6,302 to be donated to the charity.

She thanked four friends – Nazila Akbar, Mariam Zuber, Rumena Friebe and Sehresh Hussain – who helped her arrange Minds Together. "I couldn't have done it without them," she said.

She also paid tribute to the owners of the Royal Taj for donating their venue, and to Keighley business Mega Bites which provided sponsorship.