ONE of Blackburn's most enterprising chief executives has pledged his support to the town's youth zone.

Mohammed Patel, chief executive of Vape Dinner Lady, was given a guided tour of the £5million Jubilee Street facility by founder Andrew Graham.

And after learning how the youth centre played a central role in promoting social integration and health and wellbeing, Mr Patel was only too happy to sign up as a patron.

He said: "Upon visiting and learning about the great effort that is put in by Blackburn Youth Zone in supporting and cultivating the youth of Blackburn, it immediately resonated with me and my upbringing.

"Blackburn Youth Zone plays a significant role in providing a base for young people that can harness their potential in such a healthy and expressive way through the facilities, support and nurturing community that has been created by the team.

"Not only are we honoured, but we consider it both a business and personal duty to support this wonderful charity."

The centre has a membership of nearly 3,000 young people.

Mr Graham added: "We proudly welcome Vape Dinner Lady to our patron family.

"As we continue this journey we need all businesses to join our movement, not only to give vital financial support, but also to bring energy, ideas and new people on board.

"I cannot think of anyone better than Vape Dinner Lady to join us at this moment as it aligns with how BYZ is supporting our community and with them onboard we will accelerate our progress together."