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Speaker of the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for Chorley Sir Lindsay Hoyle has been appointed as the first Honorary Patron of leading Chorley youth charity, Inspire Youth Zone.

The new role has been awarded in recognition of Lindsay’s passion and commitment for the charity – which supports thousands of local young people across the town.

Lindsay joins a unique group of local individuals and businesses who have all united to ensure all young people across Chorley have somewhere safe to go, access to incredible activities and opportunities and most importantly have someone to talk to.

The charity, which opened in May 2018, has had a phenomenal impact since opening its doors – which has created a ripple effect across the borough.

In the Youth Zone’s most recent independent survey over 80% of the young members reported achieving better marks in school, whilst 89% reported greater self-confidence. In addition, Lancashire Constabulary has credited Inspire with a phenomenal 49% reduction in youth anti-social behaviour across Chorley and surrounding areas.

Lindsay, who has been part of the Youth Zone’s journey from the very beginning, has played an instrumental role by engaging with the local community and helping to rally the critical support the charity has needed.

Speaking about his Honorary Patronage, Sir Lindsay said: “It’s a huge honour to be named Inspire’s first Honorary Patron. I’m over the moon to be formally involved with this amazing local charity which is transforming the lives of so many young people.

“The Youth Zone is inspiring. It’s achieving incredible results and I’m delighted and committed to be part of their journey, helping to create a safer, happier and healthier future for all of our town’s young people.”

Janine Blythe, Chief Executive at Inspire Chorley Youth Zone welcomed Sir Lindsay.

She said: “We’re absolutely delighted and grateful to formally welcome Sir Lindsay into the Inspire family as our first Honorary Patron in recognition of all he’s done to support Inspire and the young people of Chorley.

“Lindsay’s enthusiasm to support Inspire has been boundless and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him stand by our side and help us to support Chorley’s next generation.