From a young age charity work has always played a significant part in my life. My hero and late father Mohammed Rashid was an unstoppable force when it came to charity work, always giving whatever time and energy he could spare to those less fortunate and Iā€™m proud to say this legacy has left its mark on me too. I have now made it my mission and passion to help better the community we live in and organise fundraising events for the charities that have touched my heart.

The most recent of which is Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice who provide specialist palliative and neurological care for people facing a frightening and life-changing diagnosis, helping to support the family and friends effected too. After losing my cousins Fozia and Tony plus other family members and friends to cancer ā€“ I wanted to do what I could to help support this amazing charity and as a result held our first fundraising event for Manorlands in 2016.

Sadly, our most recent bereavement was the loss of Brian Maley in October 2017. Brian attended every charity event with his larger than life personality and his one-liners would have you in stitches. He was an invaluable member of our team, ensuring photos and DVDs of our events were created and distributed to every participant. Brian is greatly missed by all who knew him, and the 2018 fundraiser will be a fitting tribute to a great man.

Stephen Connett, the father in law of Dave Graceland our fantastic Elvis tribute act experienced first-hand the incredible care that Manorlands provides and the outstanding team of staff that work there. Stephen lost his battle with cancer in 2015 and Dave Graceland and The Passionettes have been a huge support in headlining our charity events ever since.

Our charity night is only made possible due to the huge team of volunteers, performers and businesses that like my father ā€“ give what they can, whenever they can to make it a huge success! Every year we aim to raise more than the previous year and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved for supporting my vision and raising the crucial funds that Manorlands needs to stay open.

Sue Ryder