A Corby project which is transforming the lives of young disabled people has won a place in the final of the National Lottery Awards 2012.
Adrenaline Alley’s FreeWheelin’ Disability Project has polled the most public votes in the best voluntary/charity project category at the semi-final voting stage.
It will now enjoy the limelight at a star-studded awards ceremony, which will be broadcast on BBC1 later in the year. The complex in Arnsley Road is the UK’s top indoor urban sports centre and it used Big Lottery funding of £43,862 to create the FreeWheelin’ disability project for BMX, scootering, skateboarding and inline skating.
Founder and development director of Adrenaline Alley, Mandy Young, started the complex with her disabled son John, who was convalescing from treatment of a brain tumour, in 2002.
John was interested in urban sports but there were no facilities in the UK that were safe or catered for disability participants.
After eight years establishing the charity from its grass roots and planning the integration for disability use, in September 2010 John passed away, aged 24.
Mandy said: “We’re overwhelmed to be through to the final of the National Lottery Awards – it’s amazing.
“Our son, John, experienced what it is like to be wheelchair-bound and he didn’t have many opportunities to participate in sport.
“Adrenaline Alley continues to expand and provide better services that allow everyone to participate in BMX and other urban sports. For us it’s about passion, dedication and most of all keeping John’s memory alive.”
There are seven categories in the National Lottery Awards each reflecting the main areas of Lottery funding – arts, sport, heritage, health, environment, education and voluntary/charity.
The winners in each category will be decided by another round of public voting in September.
The project getting the highest number of votes in each category will receive a coveted trophy and a £2,000 prize to spend on their project.