ORGANISERS of Manorlands’ annual garden party have paid tribute to everyone who supported Sunday’s event.

The extravaganza is one of the major fundraisers on the Oxenhope Sue Ryder hospice calendar, coining-in thousands of pounds each year.

Visitor numbers were slightly down this time.

But the organising team said the day was still a success.

“It was a very hot day and I think that actually worked against us a little,” said Manorlands senior fundraiser, Hayley Ibbotson.

“We were busy in pockets during the afternoon but I suspect the heat deterred some people from attending.

“However it was still an excellent day and we’re grateful to everybody who did come along.

“We had the usual wide range of attractions, and it was nice to see the nursing staff take the opportunity when they could to come out into the grounds and enjoy the event too.

“There’s always a great atmosphere at the garden party.

“It’s not just about raising money. It is a good way to introduce people to the hospice too and gives them the chance to explore our beautiful grounds.”

The garden party was opened by Emmerdale star Karen Blick, who plays Lydia Hart in the popular soap.

Attractions included a wide range of stalls and games.

Haworth Home Guard members were there and Haworth Band performed.

The event – first held more than 40 years ago – was again sponsored by Cross Hills firm Regal Interiors, with Keighley-based Clever Energy Boilers an associate sponsor.

Hayley added: “There was a lot going on for visitors to enjoy.

“Karen said a few words to open the event and stayed for a while, chatting to people and posing for photos.

“Putting on the garden party is a huge operation and it wouldn’t be possible without the support of a team of volunteers and others, who work so hard to ensure everything goes well.

“I can’t thank enough everybody involved.”

The amount raised from Sunday’s event isn’t yet known.

Manorlands supports patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families at the hospice and in the community, across an area covering Craven, Airedale and Wharfedale as well as parts of Bradford.

All services are free to patients and their loved ones, but it costs £9,000 a day to keep the hospice doors open.