Chorley Group boss to tackle Everest for charity

The chairman of the Chorley Group, Andrew Turner, is to climb more than 17,000 ft to Everest Base Camp in a bid to raise £25,000 for the Inspire Youth Zone.

Andrew founded his company in 1989, and it now operates dealerships throughout Lancashire and registered £130m in sales last year. He became a founder patron and chairman of the youth zone when it opened in 2018, and was granted an MBE in this year's honours list in recognition of his charity work.

The 59-year-old said: "Some people think I am a little foolish for attempting something of this scale at my age and I’ll admit it is a little scary.

“Climbing 17,600ft to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world is going to be tough. Just the words Mount Everest make the hairs on your neck stand up. I know this isn’t going to be easy.

“But it’s a goal I was determined to reach before I’m 60. And I want to do it to raise as much money as possible for the Youth Zone.”

In his role as chairman, Andrew has already helped Inspire to secure more than £2.5m of investment to ensure its long-term success and sustainability.

Just the words Mount Everest make the hairs on your neck stand up. I know this isn’t going to be easy.

He added: “I am sure there will be tough moments during the trek but the thought of all the team and young people who attend the Youth Zone will keep me going. The passion of the staff and enjoyment the young people get from the place are the things that drive me on.

"We recently very proudly announced the news that, since opening, Anti-Social behaviour in the Chorley area has reduced by an astonishing 49 per cent. We need to keep this up and ensure Inspire continues to be the place to go for young people locally."

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