The club, which has over 19,000 members, also offers mentoring, works with the private sector to improve young people’s skills and helps to integrate young refugees settling in Bolton.

Kelly McFadden, head of fundraising at Bolton Lads and Girls Club, said: “We are a privately-funded charity which relies on the generosity of the business community and the local community.

“Our patrons enable us to be sustainable and keep our doors open seven days a week. They make a vital contribution to our work.

“Without them, we wouldn’t be able to continue to provide life-changing services for young people in need, a safe place for them to socialise, enjoy themselves and develop their skills, and we are extremely grateful to Pareto for becoming a patron.”

We have a large number of clients in the Bolton area and work with accountants and other professionals in the town who are among our growing network of partners.

Director George Chantry, who lives in Bolton, said: “We are delighted to link up with Bolton Lads and Girls Club. Living in the town, I am well aware of the significant positive impact the club has on young people.

“Those who use its facilities and services are the future stars of our businesses, and it’s only right that local business owners support organisations such as this, helping to ensure they continue to thrive and provide everyone with the opportunity to fulfil their potential.”

Bolton Lads and Girls Club is the latest Greater Manchester charity to receive backing from Pareto.

Other organisations we have supported include Lifeshare, which provides a soup kitchen and other support for homeless and marginalised people in Manchester, Beechwood Cancer Care, Manchester MIND and The Christie.