Two Chorley firms have teamed up to help support a young people's charity project.
Removals, storage and logistics company Andrew Porter Limited, together with waste container refurbishment specialists Fairport Containers Limited, which are both based in Adlington, have pledged funding to the Wigan Youth Zone for the next three years.
The £6million youth centre in Wigan town centre is due to open in spring, and will provide young people with a host of activities seven days a week, for just 50p a time. The companies' funding will go towards the £1million annual running costs of the centre, which is the brainchild of Lancashire entrepreneurs Martin Ainscough, Bill Ainscough and Dave Whelan.
Andrew Porter, founder of both companies and Andrew Porter Limited's managing director, Tim Aspey, are both Wigan residents and together with Fairport Containers Limited's managing director, Steve Collinson, they explained that the charity is close to their hearts.
"It is vitally important that young people are given the opportunity to try new things, take part in sporting activities and have a safe place to meet where they can also get advice and support," Tim, from Standish said.
"Wigan Youth Zone will benefit so many people for years to come and Andrew Porter Limited is proud to be giving it our backing."
Wrightington resident Andrew added: "When I was contacted about supporting the Youth Zone I didn't hesitate in agreeing that Fairport Containers Limited and Andrew Porter Limited would be on board. It is a fantastic idea that will make a huge difference to the area."
Steve, from Adlington, continued: "It is an honour for us to be supporting such a unique local charity that will help inspire and give confidence to so many young people."
Martin Ainscough, who is chairman of the initiative, said: "The youth zone will make a real difference to the lives of thousands of youngsters in coming years, but that can only happen if businesses back the scheme and assist us with our running costs.
"We're immensely grateful to those businesses which have already pledged their support and are urging others to step forward."
Wigan Youth Zone is part of a network of similar projects across the North West supported by Bolton-based charity Onside NorthWest. Other government-funded Youth Zones have opened in Carlisle, Oldham, Harpurhey and Blackburn, with each hosting around 200-plus young people a night.
The Wigan Youth Zone is unique in that it is the only one for which the capital has been generated by local philanthropists.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the Wigan Youth Zone should contact development manager Simon Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07557 852922.