A COMPANY has pledged its backing to Manorlands.

Cross Roads-based PoundToy says it has “lots of weird and wonderful ideas” to raise money for the Oxenhope Sue Ryder hospice.

Bosses say staff have experienced first-hand the care and services provided to the community by Manorlands, and wanted to give something back.

Marketing director, Rob Owlett, met with Hayley Ibbotson and Andrew Wood in the hospice fundraising office to discuss the possibilities.

“We knew from then that Manorlands was the obvious choice to support – with lots of exciting events to sponsor and contribute towards and the possibility of launching a new local event,” said Mr Owlett.

“We’re confident we can help to raise plenty of money for an amazing charity and have some fun along the way.

“We have lots of weird and wonderful ideas and are sure we will be able to contribute to the amazing things the fundraising team at Sue Ryder already achieves.”

PoundToy launched its support with sponsorship of the Manorlands Paint Rush, which was a huge success.

It provided toys for the hospice garden party in the summer.

And Joe Rundle, from the marketing team, took part in the Hull Marathon.

He set-up an online fundraising page, which has coined-in nearly £500. Donations can still be made at justgiving.com/fundraising/joe-rundle.

Hayley, a senior fundraiser at Manorlands, said: “It’s been a real pleasure to work with the team at the PoundToy store in recent months.

“The support has been a huge help to us, in particular through providing toys for our garden party and sponsoring the Paint Rush.

“These local collaborations are vital to ensure we can continue to deliver the care and support we are relied upon for locally.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing how our partnership develops and hopefully create a new fundraising event for 2020!

“Joe has done an incredible job completing the Hull Marathon and we’re so grateful for all his efforts as the partnership grows.”

All Manorlands services are free to patients and their loved ones, but it costs £9,000 a day to keep the hospice doors open. Only a small part of the cost is covered by statutory funds. Most of the money has to be raised through donations.