A night of true inspiration beckons for Oldham's youngsters as Professor Cox returns 'home'

Date published: 12 August 2021

Professor Brian Cox CBE will be returning to Oldham to provide a night of inspiration for Oldham’s young people at an event organised by Mahdlo Youth Zone.

The event will see over 800 young people in attendance and be held in the autumn.

Mahdlo will be contacting all local schools and colleges with an invite for their students to attend this out of this world opportunity.

Lucy Lees, CEO at Mahdlo, said: "We wanted to do something special for the town’s young people to start the new academic year feeling inspired and positive about their futures.

"Professor Cox is an Honorary Patron of Mahdlo and when we asked him to come back to his home town to provide a night of inspiration.

"We were absolutely delighted he said 'yes'.

"It’s been a horrific time over the last 16 months for us all, and young people in the town have disproportionally felt the full force of the impact the pandemic has had.

"We’ve seen an decrease in young people’s aspirations, hopes and dreams for the future and an increase in concern about their education.

"We hope this event will be a turning point for us all.”

Professor Cox said: "It’s always a great pleasure to give talks in my hometown and to support the magnificent work that Mahdlo is doing.

"My first live show at the Queen Elizabeth Hall was with my band Dare in 1989.

"I hope this time my show will be more informative and quieter.”

Chris Wareing, Chairman at Mahdlo, added: "As a charity, Mahdlo exists to provide the young people of Oldham with opportunities to support them to be the very best they can be.

"An evening with Professor Brian Cox would undoubtedly do this, raise aspirations and inspire our young people to reach for the stars.”

Schools can contact Mahdlo in advance of the invitation being circulated by emailing: events@mahdloyz.org

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