Organisers of this year’s Manorlands garden party are revisiting the 1940s activities of the hospice’s founder.

Lady Sue Ryder – wife of Group Captain (later Lord) Leonard Cheshire VC – was born in Yorkshire and during the 1940s she nursed soldiers and helped prisoners of war. Her efforts led her to establish the Sue Ryder Charity, which now runs 14 care centres throughout the UK including Manorlands.

Garden party organiser Richard Martin said: “Lady Ryder’s impact on the Keighley area has been huge. Every year Manorlands hospice helps more than 600 local people who are living with life-threatening illnesses and this is achieved through the generosity of the community.

“When thinking of this year’s garden party we wanted to follow a 1940s theme to honour the great founder.

“The 1940s for her were very crucial in developing her vision for helping people, and what better way to celebrate this than allowing people to recreate a 1940s world in the grounds of Manorlands.”

The event takes place at the hospice this Sunday, starting at 1pm.

There will be a tombola and at least 30 stalls including linens, books, cakes, jewellery and greetings cards.

There will also be live performances from some original 1940s land girls.

Last year the garden party raised over £17,000, all of which went directly towards helping the hospice.

Mr Martin said that for this year’s instalment he and his colleagues were looking for people to donate items such as new goods, bric-a-brac, plants, cakes and raffle and tombola prizes.

If you can donate or help on the day call (01535) 640441 or e-mail