MANORLANDS has received a £6,400 boost following the closure of a charity fund.

Trustees of the fund, set-up after the death of Sutton farmer John Edward Clough, chose the Oxenhope Sue Ryder hospice as beneficiary.

Mr Clough died in 1896 and left the bulk of his estate in trust, to provide for his widow and other named relatives.

The remainder was then to be used to build "a cottage hospital" in Cross Hills, but there was insufficient residue so an alternative pot was established to help the area's sick and poor.

Lizzie Procter, Manorlands hospice director, said: "We are so grateful that the trustees of John Edward Clough's charity thought of us as they sought the closest match to the fund's intended purpose.

"We have been serving the local community for more than 40 years, providing specialist end-of-life and palliative care to people when they need it most as well as emotional and practical support to patients and their loved ones.

"All our care services are completely free of charge to patients and their families and friends, but as a charity we need to raise £2.1m in voluntary donations to be able to continue to care for people here at the hospice or in their own homes.

"This generous donation will allow us to continue to care for people living with complex life-limiting conditions at a vulnerable time in their life."