Last chance to vote for Adrenaline Alley

Dan Duffy,15, and Samantha Gibson, 16, enjoy taking part in the Freewheeling project at Adrenaline Alley, Corby

Dan Duffy,15, and Samantha Gibson, 16, enjoy taking part in the Freewheeling project at Adrenaline Alley, Corby

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Voting for the nation’s favourite National Lottery-funded projects closes next weekend and Adrenaline Alley in Corby is making a last plea for local support.

It is competing in the best voluntary/charity project category and people have until Sunday, October 28, to cast their vote.

The urban sports centre in Arnsley Road has transformed the lives of hundreds of young people by providing them with a safe, secure place to participate in BMX and skateboarding, scootering and skating.

It also offers educational courses on bike maintenance and how to reduce bike theft.

The alley was set up by Mandy Young and her husband Paul who were inspired by their son John, who had a brain tumour.

While bravely fighting the disease, he discovered a love of skateboarding.

John was attacked by youths who also stole his skateboard and after the incident Mandy started a personal crusade to find a safe place for her son and his friends to enjoy their passion for urban sports.

With a lot of hard work and the support of a dedicated team of volunteers, Mandy and Paul opened Adrenaline Alley in 2003.

Freewheeling at Adrenaline Alley, an innovative project that works with disabled and disadvantaged young people by engaging them in activities at the park, was set up with a grant of £40,000 from the lottery.

Jackie O’Sullivan, of the National Lottery Awards said: “Adrenaline Alley should feel very proud to have reached the finals. It really is a great example of the life-changing work carried out in our communities with Lottery funding. A last voting push could make all the difference and earn it national recognition at the awards ceremony.”

This indoor urban sports park is now not just one of the biggest and best, but also one of the safest venues of its kind in the UK.

The lottery funding has enabled the alley to install specially designed ramps and adapted equipment to allow access for all.

The awards recognise the positive impact that lottery-funded projects make to local communities. There are seven categories including the arts, sport, heritage, health, environment, education and voluntary/charity.

Each category has three finalists and people have until midnight on Sunday, October 28, to vote for their favourite to win.

The winner in each category will receive a £2,000 cash prize and will be celebrated at a star-studded awards ceremony on BBC1 later in the year.

For more information and to vote go to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards.