Hilton Smythe has renewed its Silver Patron status for the fifth time with local children’s charity, the Bolton Lads and Girls Club.

The club, which recently underwent a £2.4million renovation, was established in 1889 and is one of the biggest youth clubs in the UK. It offers year-round support for people aged 8 to 19, with people with disabilities being able to stay until the age of 21.

Hilton Smythe co-founder and COO Craig Graham and business development manager Belinda Daniels were invited to tour the building, which is now decorated with inspirational quotes and features brand new sports, games and music facilities.

Since opening in 2011, the Bolton-based national business advisory firm has supported several good causes. Yet as permanent residents of Bolton, the company directors have a special affinity with the Bolton Lads and Girls Club, becoming patrons of the club in 2017.

Craig Graham said: “Supporting the Bolton Lads and Girls Club over the past five years has been so important to us. As founders of Hilton Smythe, it was very important to Gareth and me that we give back to the local community, and the work the club does for local young people is amazing. We are delighted to be part of its history.

“It was fantastic to see all the hard work that has gone into revamping the premises, and the new facilities are brilliant. The youngsters who use the club will have a fantastic time.

Karen Edwards OBE, Chief Operating Officer of Bolton Lads and Girls Club, said: “We were absolutely delighted to welcome the proud Silver Patrons Hilton Smythe to BLGC during the mid-term holidays in October. We believe it is important for all of our patrons and supporters to be able to experience first-hand the impact they have first-hand through their support.

“One of our values ​​here at BLGC is ‘caring’, which is having genuine people who care about us, who make a difference. This also extends to our patrons and we thank Hilton Smythe for their care and for helping to make a difference so that we can support even more children and young people at a time when they need us more than ever.

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