Antony Chesworth attends Prince Harry's charity gala

EKM founder Antony Chesworth attended a summer gala hosted by Prince Harry organised to raise awareness of the work done by OnSide Youth Zones, which recently opened a centre in Chorley.

Prince Harry OnSide Youth Zones

The entrepreneur and motivational speaker attended the black-tie, invitation-only event held within the gardens of Kensington Palace.

It was organised in recognition of the work done by the OnSide Youth Zone, which helps around 40,000 8-to-19-year-olds around the UK by providing a safe environment and activities such as dance, drama and sport.

Both supporters and patrons of the charity as well as youngsters who have benefited from its services were in attendance, many of the latter showing off the arts, music and dance skills learned through OnSide’s many projects and services.

A special dinner included comedy from David Walliams and speeches by Prince Harry and charity founder John Roberts.

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Chesworth, who founded Fulwood-based ecommerce specialist EKM.com from his bedroom and turned it into a multi-million-pound, international business, attended the event with friends and colleagues from the business world.

Chesworth said: “The gala was an incredible event where I met with so many inspiring people - and of course it was great to be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Prince Harry!”

OnSide Youth Zone expanded its services into Chesworth’s home county of Lancashire last month, when a new £4.8m facility - named ‘Inspire’ - opened in Chorley. He added: “The OnSide Youth Zone is a great project doing very important work for the country’s youth. It deserves recognition for all it has achieved so far and to see the prince take such a keen interest in the kids and their projects made for a wonderful event.”