CHORLEY Nissan has pledged its commitment — and £75,000 — to the young people of Lancashire, after becoming the first Founder Patrons of the Chorley Youth Zone.
The dealer group, which has five Nissan dealerships across the North West, is spreading the donation over three years to help the £4.8million centre get up and running, while Chorley Group founder and Chairman, Andrew Turner, has been named Chairman of the facility.
Andrew, who founded Chorley Group in 1989, said: “The moment I heard about Chorley Youth Zone and signed up as Chairman, I knew it was exactly the type of facility the young people in this region needed. As a company, we are proud to offer our support to ensure that we can help build a brighter future for young people. It will make a huge difference to have this safe and inspiring place where young people can discover their talents, build their confidence and self-esteem and aspire to lead healthier and happier lives. We hope our commitment inspires other local businesses to follow suit.”
The Chorley Youth Zone, which will be called Inspire, is due to open in 2018 in the centre of town, and will provide up to 20 activities for young people aged eight to 19, and young people with disabilities up to the age of 25.
Facilities will include a sports hall, performing arts area, martial arts space, fitness suite, football pitch and other activity rooms. Young people will also be able to get support and advice on matters such as careers, education and lifestyles.
Andrew and Youth Zone Chief Executive, Janine Blythe, are now busy recruiting the further Founder Patrons needed to secure the annual revenue funding of £650,000 to run the project year on year.
Janine said: “We are hugely thankful to The Chorley Group for its support towards Chorley Youth Zone and we are proud they are the first Founder Patron, leading the way for other Founder Patrons to join us. Revenue support is crucial to the sustainability of the Youth Zone and this backing will help give the young people of Chorley a safe and inspiring place to spend their leisure time.”
The project is being run in partnership with Chorley Council, Lancashire County Council, The Arts Partnership and OnSide Youth Zones.