Wigan Youth Zone Founder and former Chairman, Martin Ainscough CBE has been recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the prestigious North West Charity Awards 2019.
Standish born, Martin received the accolade for his relentless charity work across the North-West and especially for Wigan Youth Zone where he has invested both money and time before he recently stood down as Chairman after a decade at the helm.
Martin, who was made a CBE in 2016 for his philanthropic services to charity, education and young people was honoured to receive the award stating: “This award is a true testament to the fantastic services Wigan Youth Zone continues to provide ever since its grand opening in 2013.
“It’s thanks to staff, past and present, board members and the community of Wigan and Leigh as a whole that we have a service for young people that we can all be truly proud of.”
Martin was succeeded as chairman by second cousin Richard Ainscough who presented the award to his predecessor at Wigan Youth Zone’s Annual Ball last weekend (picture attached.)
Wigan Youth Zone’s Executive Director, Anthony Ashworth-Steen said: “Martin, alongside our other two founders,Dave Whelan and Bill Ainscough, have been paramount to the success of a flourishing Youth Zone that we see today.
“We’re delighted that Martin’s dedication to Wigan Youth Zone over the last decade has been recognised and we’re looking forward to continuing Martin’s legacy as Wigan Youth Zone heads into its next chapter.”