A FUNDRAISING ball at the Coniston Hotel, Coniston Cold, raised more than £3,000 for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice .

The third annual charity ball, held last month, was organised by sisters Sophie and Emily Baker from Long Preston and saw 130 guests enjoy a sparkling evening of food, drink and entertainment.

Sophie, 26, and Emily, 24, originally staged the event in 2018 as a one-off as part of their degree courses in events management.

But, it was so successful that it has now become a popular annual occasion.

Over the years, the ball has raised £9,266 for the hospice to help it continue to provide specialist palliative care, advice and support for people living with life-limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families.

The sisters said: “We’d like to say a massive thank you to Perfect Venue Dressing Yorkshire for making the room look amazing, DJ Jack ‘Jacko’ Gardner for the entertainment and Dave Robinson our Master of Ceremonies for the evening. We would also like to thank all the businesses who supported us. We couldn’t have done it without you all.”

Adam Brunskill, community fundraiser at Manorlands, said: “Sophie and Emily have done a fantastic job of organising the charity ball over the past few years and we’re so grateful for their continued support. Every pound raised helps us continue to be there when it matters for people going through the most difficult times of their lives.”

For more information on Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice and the services it provides visit sueryder.org/manorlands.

The hospice relies on the generous donations of individuals and organisations so it can continue providing its expert and compassionate palliative care.

To find out more about fundraising email manorlands.fundraising@sueryder.org