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Carrington Workwear Ltd, the largest producer of workwear fabrics in the UK, has pledged its support to Inspire, Chorley Youth Zone.

The firm has signed up as a Founder Patron as well as a generous capital donation.

Carrington Workwear has over 125 years’ experience; they operate a network of offices throughout Europe and Asia and export to more than 75 countries worldwide.  They produce over 35 million metres of fabric annually.

Their local office is based in Adlington on the outskirts of Chorley and they are the latest high profile business to support Inspire, Chorley Youth Zone.

Director, John Vareldzis commented: “Having visited the Youth Zone in Wigan, we are convinced of the worthiness of this project. It is clear to see the positive impact these centres have on young people, creating a healthier, happier more work ready lifestyle. We see it as fantastic opportunity to give something back to the community.”

Chorley Youth Zone Chief Executive Janine Blythe commented: “Carrington Workwear is a truly worldwide company and we are delighted they have backed Chorley’s young people, not only as a Founder Patron, but supported the construction costs of the Youth Zone too. Their endorsement will make a huge difference to the project and the lives of thousands of young people and we hope even more support will soon follow.”

The Youth Zone is fast becoming a reality with demolition of the Leigh Arms pub well underway and building work commencing following the Ground Breaking ceremony last week.

The Chorley Group were the first Founder Patron to come on board and they have been swiftly joined by Carrington Workwear with further potential supporters in the pipeline.

The Youth Zone is being back by Chorley Council and Lancashire County Council, whilst The Queen’s Trust have recently donated £1m. Wigan Youth Zone’s Chairman Martin Ainscough has also donated £1m of capital funding support to the town’s young people.

Becoming a Founder Patron of Inspire Youth Zone is a chance for the local businesses and philanthropists to create a legacy for the future of Chorley. Their support and endorsement of the project will serve to encourage others to invest in the future of the town’s young people. For more information about how to get involved please contact: Janine Blythe on 01204 362128 or email CE.InspireYZ@onsideyouthzones.org.

The new Youth Zone will be a place where young people can reach their full potential, grow their dreams and achieve their goals. It will be a safe and supportive community for young people to belong and be themselves.

Expected to open in spring 2018, the Youth Zone will offer a wide range of activities for young people aged between eight and 19, up to 25 for those with a disability, including; dance, sport, music, media, employability and mentoring programmes. Inspire will cost young people just 50p per visit.

Chorley Youth Zone is an independent charity which will operate to the successful OnSide Youth Zones model. The Youth Zone will cost approximately £4.8million to build and £650k to run annually. The project is being run in partnership with Chorley Council, Lancashire County Council, The Arts Partnership and OnSide Youth Zones.

For more information on Carrington Workwear Ltd please visit: https://www.carrington.co.uk/en/.