A SKIPTON fundraiser whose parents both were cared for at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice is hosting a coffee morning this week.

Michelle Vann is holding the event at Niffany Farm, Skipton, on Wednesday, Decmeber 5, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

It features a nearly new sale, raffle with prizes donated by local businesses, a tombola and cakes.

Mrs Vann, from Skipton, lost both her parents to cancer. Her dad, Mark Lawson, had respite care in the hospice and returned to Manorlands for the last two weeks of his life where he died on December 8, 2010 at the age of 60.

Her mum, Janis Lawson, also received some respite care and returned to Manorlands for her last five days and died on September 4, 2016, after being diagnosed three months earlier from pancreatic cancer.

Mrs Vann said: "They both received amazing care and the staff also supported us as a family, even weeks after their deaths.

"When mum died I wanted to give something back to Manorlands for their amazing help and compassion and to help me keep the memories of my folks alive.

"That’s when I joined the Skipton fundraising group and my family and I love taking part in all the events we organise.

“I am so grateful to all of the Skipton community for their amazing support and generous donations of prizes. I’m hoping I have a good amount to donate."

In the past two years Mrs Vann has carried out a variety of fundraising events for Manorlands including a 20-strong family team doing a 10 mile walk and raising over £1,000, the Yorkshire Three Peaks walk, a 30-mile canal walk, a starlight hike, a £50 challenge last year where her daughter, Poppy, received an award for young fundraiser, and a collection in Tesco where her young son, Ethan, helped out and was a great asset.

This newest challenge, the £50 business challenge, is to grow her £50 as much as possible before the end of February, 2019.

As a self-employed home help she is aiming to achieve this by donating £1 for every £10 she earns and also through hosting this fundraising coffee morning.

Molly Ralphson, community fundraiser at Manorlands Hospice said: "Michelle puts so much of her time and energy into fundraising and has raised a fantastic amount to help the hospice over the past few years.

"I know her coffee morning will be a huge success but I do encourage everyone to come along for a chat, a coffee and hopefully pick up a few Christmas gifts too”