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Weekly celebrates success of £1m fund-raising drive

A Yorkshire weekly marked the success of a £1m fund-raising drive – with a front page headlined “YOU’VE DONE IT!’

The Keighley News said its readers had responded “magnificently” to a year-long campaign, run with a local cash-strapped  hospice.

The charity drive came after the Sue Ryder Manorlands facility in Oxenhope revealed it needed the money just to maintain its services for the coming year.

As reported on HTFP yesterday, news editor Richard Parker even ran the London Marathon to help boost the total, despite having broken his spine as a teenager.

Said Richard: “Once again the people of Keighley district have shown that even when times are hard, their generosity holds no bounds.

“Our kind-hearted readers really have dug deep to raise this astonishing sum of money.

“Not only is it a reflection of the public’s overwhelming generosity, but it also clearly illustrates the huge regard in which Manorlands and its staff are held.”

Richard went the extra mile in aid of the campaign on Sunday when he tackled his first ever London Marathon.

He still suffers from breaking  his  spine as a teenager, which has indirectly led to calf, hamstring, knee and hip injuries – but despite that he is getting his running shoes on for the big effort.

Richard  hopes to collect about £3,000 for Manorlands by completing the course and can be sponsored at

Since the launch of the Million for Manorlands campaign 12 months ago, the public has rallied round by staging its own activities and supporting events organised by the charity.

People’s generosity was exemplified when the recent annual Keighley BigK 10k run and walk brought in £60,000.

The appeal total now stands £1,070,509.

Sue Ryder’s regional fundraising manager, said Hannah Taylor, said: “It’s fantastic news we have surpassed the million pound mark, and we’d like to thank every single person who has donated money or their time to support Manorlands after being inspired through reading about the appeal in the newspaper.

“We’d also like to thank everyone at the Keighley News for their fantastic support.”