MANORLANDS fundraiser Andrew Wood spoke to Keighley Men's Forum about the history of the Sue Ryder charity.

He said Margaret Susan Ryder was born in Leeds in 1923, but grew-up on her parents' Suffolk farm.

At the outbreak of the Second World War she joined the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry and then the Polish section of the Special Operations Executive.

Following the war she remained in Germany, involving herself in care work.

In 1953 she returned to the UK and set up her first charity home.

The Manorlands estate at Oxenhope was owned by Gordon and Monica Vesty, who decided to 'downsize' in the early 1970s and handed over their home to the Sue Ryder Foundation.

Mr Wood was thanked by forum president Rod Fall.