A group of solicitors and bankers raised more than £7,600 for a national youth charity by holding a midsummer ball.
The Midsummer Ball, organised by Forbes Solicitors in conjunction with Handelsbanken Chorley, 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 Chorley’s Inspire Youth Zone, which aims to help young people to develop new skills and socialise in a safe, positive and accessible environment.
Stacey Lakeland, from Forbes Solicitors, said: “The Midsummer Ball exceeded all of our expectations raising over £7,600 for a fantastic charity. 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 eight to 19 or up to 25 for those with a disability, seven days a 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 and enterprise projects, for 50p per visit.
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 fund-raising 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.”