A MIDSUMMER ball organised by Forbes Solicitors and Handelsbanken has raised £9,300 for the Chorley Inspire Youth Zone.

The event was held at Shaw Hill Golf Resort and Spa Hotel, Whittle-le-Woods and was attended by more than 130 guests from the local business community.

Janine Blythe, Chief Executive of Inspire Youth Zone said: "Last year's Midsummer Ball was going to take some beating and this year has surpassed all expectations!

"We're so proud to be affiliated with such incredible businesses and the wider Chorley community that have hosted and attended this event to fundraise for us - what a fantastic night.

“A huge thank you to everyone who attended, as well as Forbes Solicitors and Handelsbanken Chorley for organising the event and therefore helping to change the lives of Chorley's next generation."

Richard Clithero, Partner at Forbes, said: “Inspire does amazing work to help the young people of Chorley and provide them with some wonderful opportunities.

“We are extremely grateful to all of the local businesses who gave donations for the raffle and auction and we are delighted to have been involved in such an amazing event.”

Julia Monks, Branch Manager at Handelsbanken, said: “After the success of last year’s event we vowed to do it again. To be able to surpass last year’s total was a fantastic achievement, but this couldn't have happened without the amazing support of all those who attended and all those who supported the event. It was a fabulous evening of great food, company and entertainment.”