A BUSINESS broker firm has pledged its support for the historic Bolton Lads and Girls Club.

Bolton-based Hilton Smythe has becoming a Silver Corporate Patron of the club.

The Lads and Girls Club charity, which was established in 1889, is one of the largest youth clubs in the UK. It offers year-round support for young people aged eight to 19, with young people with disabilities able to stay on until they are 21.

Hilton Smythe has a history of giving back to the local community. Since its inception, the firm has supported the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, and has supported charities which are personal to the staff, including a 35 mile sponsored walk for brain tumour research.

Craig Graham, Group Operations Director at Hilton Smythe, said: “Supporting charities that help and support young people in our local area is something we’re very passionate about at Hilton Smythe. Since we started the company in 2011, we have created more than 40 jobs, so we see the value in investing in local people to help them achieve more. The charity gives young people training and enterprise opportunities, as well as essential outreach services for the most vulnerable, and we are delighted to be able to support the fantastic work they do. We certainly want to be active partners with the club and get involved where we can.”

Karen Edwards OBE, Chief Executive of the Bolton Lads and Girls Club, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Hilton Smythe on board as a Silver Corporate Patron. As a charity, the club relies on the support of businesses and donations to continue providing a safe environment for young people in Bolton. The charity aims to provide youngsters in Bolton somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to. We are incredibly grateful to Hilton Smythe for their support, which will go a long way to help us continue to achieve this goal year after year.”