AN annual charity night in aid of Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice was held earlier this month at Field Sports & Social Club, raising an incredible £10,200.

It was organised by Shakil Rashid of Lill Brothers Fish Merchants, and the event showcased fantastic performances from dancers of all ages and ethnicities.

Mr Rashid explained: "I was always passionate that this event be about more than the money we are able to raise.

"It’s an opportunity to bring communities together under one roof when they might not otherwise mix.

"No matter what your age, religion, or skin colour, anyone can come along and feel part of something special, helping to raise money for a truly amazing local cause.

"It’s really important that we use events like this as opportunities for people to come and showcase their talents and skills – especially for the young ones.

"To stand up in front of a crowd of people and perform what they have been working on for months is a big achievement and helps build confidence, which is a really important aspect of what this is about."

There were also vocal tributes made on the night by Danielle Whitfield, Andrea Unsworth and Janet Unsworth Angel in memory of Dorothy May Unsworth, who sadly passed away from cancer in November 2018.

A number of Bradford based businesses and restaurants also got behind the event to show their support, either through providing donations or food on the night.

Mr Rashid said: "The response we have from restaurants and businesses when asking for support is brilliant.

"All of us can be affected by life limiting illnesses, so for a community to come together and raise money for such a fantastic cause that actively helps people in these circumstances is incredible and the businesses that support this event recognise that.

"I must also say a huge thank you to the long list of volunteers that give up their time to bring everything together.

"A reminder that this event is all about people, and when we come together we can achieve great things."

The occasion was also marked with the attendance of special guests, with the Lord and Lady Mayoress of Bradford coming to witness the fantastic array of talent and diversity on display.