Summer ball raises £9,300 for Chorley Youth Zone

An midsummer ball organised by Forbes Solicitors and Handelsbanken topped last year's grand total and raised £9,300 for Inspire Youth Zone in Chorley.

The event was held at Shaw Hill Golf Resort and Spa Hotel in Whittle-le-Woods and was attended by more than 130 guests from the local business community.

The Chorley Youth Zone, named Inspire by local young people, is a purpose-built facility for the town’s young people, based in the heart of Chorley on Chapel Street. A similar event last year raised £7,654.

Janine Blythe, chief executive of Inspire Youth Zone said: "Last year's Midsummer Ball was going to take some beating and this year has surpassed all expectations! We're so proud to be affiliated with such incredible businesses and the wider Chorley community that have hosted and attended this event to fundraise for Inspire Youth Zone - what a fantastic night."

Richard Clithero, partner at Forbes, said: “Inspire does amazing work to help the young people of Chorley and provide them with some wonderful opportunities.

“We are extremely grateful to all of the local businesses who gave donations for the raffle and auction and we are delighted to have been involved in such an amazing event.”

We're so proud to be affiliated with such incredible businesses and the wider Chorley community

Julia Monks, branch manager at Handelsbanken, said: “After the success of last year’s event we vowed to do it again. To be able to surpass last year’s total was a fantastic achievement, but this couldn't have happened without the amazing support of all those who attended and all those who supported the event. It was a fabulous evening of great food, company and entertainment.”

Inspire Youth Zone is open seven days per week to young people aged 8 to 19, or up to 25 for those with a disability. Open whenever schools are closed, young people can take part in a wide range of fun and exciting activities such as indoor climbing, dance, drama, music, baking, media, gym, enterprise projects and so much more, for just 50p per visit.