Adrenaline Alley, Corby, narrowly misses out on top award

Youngsters who enjoy the Freewheelin' project at Adrenaline Alley, Corby
Youngsters who enjoy the Freewheelin' project at Adrenaline Alley, Corby

Adrenaline Alley in Corby has narrowly missed out on being named the UK’s best voluntary charity project in The National Lottery Awards 2012.

It beat hundreds of projects from around the UK to make it to the finals of the awards which recognise the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

It was beaten in the final round by New Forest Nightstop, which provides short term emergency accommodation for homeless young people in the area.

Congratulating Adrenaline Alley, Jackie O’Sullivan from the National Lottery Awards, said: “We recognise the life-changing difference that Lottery-funded projects make to communities and the Freewheelin at Adrenaline Alley project is a shining example of this. Reaching the finals was an amazing achievement and Mandy and Paul Young, along with everyone involved in the centre, should be proud of this achievement.”

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, Corby, to include the FreeWheelin’ disability project for BMX, scootering, skateboarding and inline skating.

Founder and development director of the alley, Mandy Young, 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 making a real difference that has changed people’s lives.

Mandy said: “I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t win but it was great to get to the finals. At the awards ceremony I will be with my family celebrating the wonderful legacy that my son John has left.”

Mandy, her husband Paul, daughter Jodie, 14, and her sister Susan Davidson are to attend a star-studded awards ceremony in London on December 8, which will be shown on BBC1 and will be hosted by actor John Barrowman.

Adrenaline Alley received more than 3,500 votes in the final round of voting.