11 July, 2018
A summer ball organised by Forbes Solicitors in conjunction with Handelsbanken Chorley has raised £7654.75 for a national youth charity's new base in Chorley.
The Midsummer Ball was held at Shaw Hill Golf Resort and Spa Hotel, Whittle-le-Woods, and was attended by 169 people from businesses and the local community.
The ball was in aid of Inspire Youth Zone, which aims to help young people to develop new skills and socialise in a safe, positive and accessible environment.
The Chorley Youth Zone, named Inspire by local young people, is a purpose-built facility for the town's young people which has just opened in the heart of Chorley on Chapel Street and the Ball was held to provide it with vital funds.
Stacey Lakeland from Forbes Solicitors said: "The Midsummer Ball exceeded all of our expectations raising over £7,600 for a fantastic charity that is Inspire, Chorley Youth Zone. I would like to say a big thank you to all of the local businesses who gave donations for the raffle and auction and a special thank you to everyone who attended the event on the night.
"The support was overwhelming, which is testament to Inspire and the amazing offering that they provide to the young people in Chorley and the surrounding areas. I look forward to seeing Inspire grow and prosper in the months and years to come"
Inspire Youth Zone is open to young people aged 8 - 19 or up to 25 for those with a disability, seven days per week. 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.
Chorley's Inspire Youth Zone opened on May 5 and has already registered over 3,600 members, meaning one in five young people living in Chorley are registered as a Youth Zone member.
Janine Blythe, Chief Executive of Inspire Youth Zone, said: "I'd like to say a huge thank you to Handelsbanken Chorley and Forbes Solicitors for organising the Midsummer Ball in aid of Inspire Youth Zone. We were thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful event.
"As a charity, we rely on fundraising in order to continue our vital work. Thank you to everyone who attended The Midsummer Ball, your support will directly benefit thousands of young people and help them to reach their full potential."
Julia Monks, Branch Manager at Handelsbanken Chorley said:" It was a real privilege to have the opportunity to support the local community by hosting our Midsummer Ball and we were absolutely delighted to have raised over £7,600 for Inspire Chorley Youth Zone. In total, 169 guests enjoyed a fabulous evening of fine food and entertainment - so much so that we are already planning to do it all again next year!"