DEMENTIA Friendly Keighley received a late Christmas present thanks to the town's Lemon Tree cafe-bistro.

The charity received £161 this month after the Oakworth Road eaterie sold around 50 knitted treats on the run-up to Christmas.

The snowmen, Christmas trees and Christmas puddings, each big enough to hold a Ferrero Rocher or Lindt chocolate, were created by Pam Johnson and a friend.

Pam was inspired by a fundraiser at the venue earlier last year, when Easter ducklings were knitted.

Said: "I wondered how I could help to contribute. It was wintertime and knitting the Easter ducklings was a fun thing to do to brighten some dark winter days.

"Once I saw how much everybody liked them I thought about doing some Christmas ones and started knitting Santa hats while relaxing on my sun lounger on my holidays.

"When my friend, who is a keen knitter, found out she offered to knit some Christmas puds and on it went from there. As well as being easy and fun it’s a way to help a fantastic charity."

Lemon Tree owner Mel Vasquez regularly supports Dementia Friendly Keighley (DFK) because it worked closely with her grandfather, who benefited greatly from its help.

The Lemon Tree holds a collection tin for donations and often has fundraising events.

DFK treasurer and trustee Maggie Marsden said: "It means a great deal to us when people that we have been able to support on their journey through dementia support us in return by fundraising in this way.

"It lets us know that we are reaching the people who really need us. We are very grateful to Mel, Pablo, their customers and all the team for their generosity.”