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A charity Cheese and Wine Quiz organised by Napthens Solicitors has raised a staggering £2000 which will go towards Blackburn Youth Zone mentoring programme.

The event which took place on Thursday 27th February, at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School saw patrons Cardboard Box Company, Forbes Solicitors, Hippo Motor Group and PM+M Accountants and other local businesses come together to raise much-needed funds for the charity.

Established six years ago, Blackburn Youth Zone is a charity that provides a wide range of activities for young people aged 5 to 19 years old or up to 25 with a disability. With an entrance fee of just 50p, facilities include a canteen, basketball courts, covered football pitch, climbing walls, dance studio, fully-equipped gym, live music room, recording studio and a gaming room.

Raz Mohammed, CEO Blackburn Youth Zone said:

“Blackburn Youth Zone focuses on equipping young people with essential life skills to become the best they can be and provides alternative educational programmes to enhance their career opportunities such as DofE, STEM courses, Junior Science Clubs, Abacus (Creative Maths), NCS, Young Ambassadors and Young Leaders programmes as well as sports leaders and climbing qualifications.

Blackburn Youth Zone goes the extra mile, giving young people a safe and inspiring place to go. Our work aims to strengthen cohesion, raise skills and aspirations and maximise health outcomes for all young people, enabling them to be our future leaders.   

“Without the support from local businesses we would not be able to support young people and we are very grateful to Napthens for organising this event and being patrons of Blackburn Youth Zone.”

Napthens Employment Partner, Head of East Lancashire Office, Oliver McCann  said:

“We have been a supporter of Blackburn Youth Zone for many years and we are delighted this event, the first time we have done this, has raised much needed funds for the charity. Thank you to all the local businesses that supported the event. It was a fantastic evening of fun, business networking and fundraising”.