AN annual event in aid of Manorlands has returned – and raised a record amount.

The Coniston Challenge Day has been held for the first time in three years.

And £55,400 was coined-in for the Oxenhope Sue Ryder hospice.

The event – held at the Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa, Coniston Cold – is co-organised by the hospice's fundraising team and the Manorlands Challenge Committee.

Twenty-five teams from businesses across Yorkshire took part in a variety of activities on the 1,400-acre estate, including clay pigeon shooting, a Land Rover driving experience, archery and inflatable beach volleyball.

Amongst the companies represented were long-time supporters such as Keighley-based Timothy Taylor brewery and R McDowell Haulage & Distribution. And there were a number of newcomers, including another Keighley firm, RN Wooler.

Each team scored points throughout the day and the winner was debutant Oak by Design, with Olympus Print Group second and the Coniston team third.

The event culminated with a drinks reception followed by a Queen's Platinum Jubilee-themed quiz, a raffle and live auction – which alone raised £18,500.

Manorlands community fundraiser, Harriet Wood, said: "The day was a huge success.

"A big 'thank you' goes to the fantastic team at the Coniston for its continued support and hospitality, as well as members of the Manorlands Challenge Committee for their ongoing commitment and support.

"I don't think any of us thought we would be able to reach this staggering total, particularly considering the current economic climate.

"The generosity highlighted throughout the day was incredibly humbling and it goes to show how much appreciation there is for Sue Ryder Manorlands hospice and the work it does in our community. We're already looking forward to next year's challenge day, on July 6!"

Louise Bolton, director at the Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa, said: "What a brilliant time we had hosting the annual Coniston Challenge Day. Manorlands is a cause very close to our hearts, and we are incredibly proud to support this much-loved charity. We would like to say a big 'thank you' to all the teams that took part, our activity providers and the Coniston team, as well as the Manorlands Challenge Committee, for putting together such a fantastic fundraising event."

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.