An inspirational project which has opened the doors to urban sport for thousands of disabled young people is through to the finals of the National Lottery Awards 2012.
The Freewheeling project at Adrenaline Alley, Corby, is in the final three in the awards and the public can cast their votes from today (Tuesday, September 11).
The awards are the annual search to find the UK’s favourite projects, recognising the life-changing difference Lottery funding makes to communities across the UK.
The winner in each category will be celebrated at a special star-studded BBC1 show later in the year.
Watch a video about Adrenaline Alley here
Mandy said: “It’s overwhelming that so many people have voted for Freewheeling and got us through to the finals.
“This is a really prestigious award and I hope people continue to cast their votes for us.”
Adrenaline Alley is the UK’s top indoor urban centre and it used Big Lottery funding of £43,862 to adapt the venue in Arnsley Road to include the FreeWheeling disability project for BMX, scootering, skateboarding and inline skating.
Mandy started the complex with her disabled son John, who was convalescing from treatment for 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.
Since receiving the Lottery funding in 2010, more than 3,700 people with a disability have participated at Adrenaline Alley, which has changed their lives for the better.
The alley also delivers projects such as digital media, photography, music, graffiti art, film and art, providing a unique facility for all ages and abilities.
A large scale expansion is in place to include a new photographic studio for local enthusiasts and the community, as well as a performance training/competition arena and a climbing wall, all planned to be complete by December this year.
The winning project in each category of the National Lottery Awards 2012 will receive a £2,000 cash prize to spend on their project.
Voting runs until October 28 and you can cast your vote by visiting www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards.