Cash boost helps Corby climbing centre get off the ground

How the new climbing centre in Corby could look
How the new climbing centre in Corby could look

A bid to raise money for a climbing centre in Corby has been successful thanks to a construction industry supply firm.

Almost a year after setting out to raise funds to install a new climbing centre in Corby, iDID Adventure CIC has generated the £200,000 required to complete the development.

Having spent long periods with 60 per cent of the money secure, Mick George Ltd has completed the jigsaw by providing the final £35,000 investment.

The new bouldering centre in Corby will be home to 6,000 sq ft of climbing walls, open to the public and catering for beginners and advanced climbers alike.

As well as a leisure amenity for all ages and abilities, any profits raised will be reinvested in social programmes in the wider population, such as grassroots paraclimbing, deaf climbing and community events.

Suzi Rees from iDID Adventure CIC said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received support from Mick George.

“The grant will enable us to provide a sustainable means of providing adventure programmes, which improve well-being amongst marginalised individuals in the area, while giving the public an exciting new climbing facility.

“We can’t wait to get started.”

For the past three years, iDID has supported hundreds of young people affected by deafness, disability and mental health issues.

The team are passionate about the health and social benefits of climbing and channel that into programmes designed to engage people positively in life.

Finance director at Mick George Jon Stump said: “From the outset it was clear to see what this project meant to the local community.

“Despite falling short of the financial target, to receive in excess of 9,000 views and such generous financial backing from the crowdfunding platform is a splendid effort.

“Mick George Ltd is extremely happy to be involved and be able to give something back to the local residents.

“Hopefully before long the facility will be active, bringing lots of fun and smiles to the youngsters.”

Mick George Ltd donates up to £500,000 to community projects within Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.

The business is now welcoming applications for the funding round which finishes September 2016.

To apply or find out more, please click here.