Three-day extension to help group reach £75,000 target for climbing centre in Corby

Support is needed for the new climbing centre in Corby
Support is needed for the new climbing centre in Corby
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A final appeal for support has been made by a group hoping to build a climbing centre in Corby.

Nearly £44,000 has been pledged for Corby Climbing Centre, a project which would offer more than 6,000 sq ft of bouldering walls for everyone from absolute beginners to advanced climbers.

There’s belief in the project and people do want it

Gerard Scully

But this is not enough to reach the £75,000 needed to complete the project, which will cost £200,000 in total.

Northamptonshire-based iDID Adventure, the organisation behind the community project which uses adventure sports as a platform to improve physical and mental health among marginalised individuals, has been given a three-day extension to find the remaining cash to make the climbing centre a reality.

Director of business development, Gerard Scully, said the response to their plans has been really positive and added: “The feedback we’ve had is how much people want this.

“There’s belief in the project and people do want it.”

He said 190 people have backed the project, including people in Kettering as well as Corby, and they had received several ‘huge’ pledges over the weekend.

But they really need the help of businesses, groups and individuals over the next three days to try and reach the £75,000 target.

Bouldering is low level climbing without the use of ropes, with walls surrounded by thick crash mats.

Each wall has a different ‘problem,’ consisting of a series of climbing holds that form a route to the top of the wall.

Climbers then use their strength, problem solving skills and technique to get to the top, with no two routes being the same.

The centre will provide a public facility for all ages and abilities, and will also be reinvesting it’s profits back to offer social programmes to a wider population, invest in grassroots paraclimbing and support community events.

Over the past year, iDID’s team of experts have worked tirelessly, volunteering their time, expertise and money to get this right so they have the best chance of launching the facility in Corby.

But they need people to help them by pledging as little as £10 via the crowdfunding website in these last few days.

To pledge your support go to www.crowdfunder.co.uk/corby-climbing-centre.

For more details go to https://www.facebook.com/corbyclimbingcentre or https://twitter.com/corbyclimbing.