A BOOK about the history of a village has raised funds for Manorlands.

Proceeds from sales of Oakworth Revealed have gone to the Sue Ryder hospice.

Terry Thompson, the villager behind the publication, has handed over a £2,000 cheque.

Oakworth Revealed uncovers the community's history from as far back as Anglo-Saxon times.

The roots of the project date back nearly two decades.

"I retired from full-time work in 2004 and decided I needed a 'project'," says Terry.

"I had written a book about Oakworth Cricket Club 22 years earlier and revisiting that made me realise there wasn't a collective history of Oakworth, the village. There was plenty about Keighley, Haworth and even Stanbury, but not Oakworth."

Terry began gathering information that he could find online, and later spent time researching the archives.

He was advised by local historian and friend Robin Longbottom, who compiles the popular Down Memory Lane column for the Keighley News.

Terry adds: "After 18 years I realised I needed to do something with the information I'd collated and so decided that a book could be made available to the people of Oakworth and surrounding areas who may not know much of the village's history."

He chose Manorlands, based at nearby Oxenhope, to benefit from sales.

The hospice provides care to people with life-limiting conditions, both at its inpatient unit and in the community.

All 200 published copies of Oakworth Revealed have been sold.

"I cannot praise highly enough the very generous Oakworth people and others who have contributed to my project to raise funds for the Sue Ryder Manorlands hospice," says Terry.

"I'm delighted that all 200 copies of the book have been sold and I was honoured to present a cheque to the fundraising team at the hospice."

Hayley Ibbotson, senior community fundraiser at Manorlands, says: "The village of Oakworth is an area where the hospice has provided care to people for almost 50 years.

"Terry has clearly put a huge amount of time and dedication into creating this book, and we are honoured that he has chosen to support our hospice with the proceeds.

"It is thanks to people like Terry, who generously support us, that we are able to continue to be there for those going through the most difficult times of their lives."

For further information about Manorlands and its services, plus details of how you can support the hospice, visit sueryder.org/manorlands.