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Inspire, Chorley Youth Zone are delighted to have been chosen as local business Perk Me Up’s nominated Charity of the Year.

The coffee bar, which can be found every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 8am until 4pm on Fazakerley Street in Chorley town centre was established in 2014 and is independently owned by Heather Johnson, offering delicious teas, freshly ground coffee and luxury hot chocolate.

Talking about her support, Heather said: “After a corporate career, I chose to pursue my passion for coffee and be my own boss, enabling the lifestyle change I had long desired. As a local business owner, I’m passionate about our community and giving something back. The last 12 months has been tough on everyone, especially charities which is why I wanted to help Inspire.”

She added: “The work they provide is unbelievable and that’s why helping raise awareness and funds is so important. It’s great to link up with the charity and offer a unique beverage to customers who I’m sure will be delighted to support. If everyone gave a little bit, that would make the world of difference and help Inspire be there for those young people who call Chorley home.”

The ‘Inspired’ hot chocolate is priced £3.50 with £1 from each sale being donated to the community charity. Each drink will feature squirty cream, raspberry sauce and lots of sprinkles to celebrate the partnership, as Perk Me Up and other local businesses start to reopen after lockdown.

Business & Community Fundraiser at Inspire, Josh Vosper said: “We are very excited to be working with Perk Me Up – especially with a chocolate treat which I’m sure will be popular! As a community charity in the heart of Chorley, support from businesses such as Heather’s mean the absolute world to us. Despite all the challenges and obstacles, we continue to keep our doors open and do absolutely all that we can for children and young people.”

He added: “With businesses reopening up and getting back to some kind of normality, I’d encourage others to get in touch and provide a helping hand. There’s many ways to get involved and since opening our doors in May 2018, we have seen more than 5,000 young people join as members. That’s 5,000 opportunities to positively transform young people’s lives in Chorley and be there for those who need us most.”

Want to know more about Perk Me Up? You can follow them on Facebook or for more information about our Charity of the Year scheme visit our page here.