A SENIOR sister at Airedale Hospital staged a memorial party for what would have been the second birthday of her son Jack.

The event, at the Sunnybank Social Club in Silsden, raised £850 for Airedale Hospital and Community Charity’s Emergency Department Appeal.

Activities included crafts, face painting, musical bingo, live music and a raffle.

Cheryl Szulhan, who works in the emergency department, pays tribute to everyone who supported the event in memory of her son.

She said: "The community came together to provide a fun-filled day in memory of our baby boy Jack.

"Organising this for what was meant to be Jack’s second birthday was a positive distraction for us.

"We are truly grateful to Airedale Hospital and Community Charity and Nightingales Nursery for their arts and crafts, Silsden Allstars majorettes for their displays, our children’s entertainer for planning and facilitating games, our face painters for brightening the place up, our balloon modeller for providing the children with swords and wands, and our local live acts.

"Without these individuals donating their time as a gesture of goodwill and supporting us through our grieving process, we would never have generated the amount of interest on the day or raised this money."