Corby skatepark founder in Number 10 visit

Mandy Young, wearing blue, pictured at Adrenaline Alley in 2013
Mandy Young, wearing blue, pictured at Adrenaline Alley in 2013

The founder of a Corby-based urban facility which provides a safe place for young people to enjoy skateboarding, BMX, scootering and skating was invited to Downing Street to appear in a special image marking 20 years of the National Lottery.

Mandy Young, founder of Adrenaline Alley, was invited along as the centre is a Lottery-funded project.

A crowd of 150 people, all celebrating two decades of Lottery-funded projects across the UK, were joined by Prime Minister David Cameron and former Prime Minister, Sir John Major, to unveil the image.

Mandy said: “It was a real honour to be one of the few projects to be chosen to attend the special unveiling of the image at No 10 Downing Street.

“National Lottery funding has been vital to the success of Adrenaline Alley and so it is great to be part of such a momentous image.

“Freewheeling @ Adrenaline Alley provides a safe, urban facility for young people to participate in BMX, skateboarding, scootering and skating. We engage disabled and disadvantaged young people in urban sports and activities such as digital media, photography and music.”

In 2002 Mandy Young started the charity, inspired by her disabled son, John, who was born with a brain tumour.

At just nine-years-old, John endured surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy treatment. Just a few years later, he was attacked in the street and had his beloved skateboard stolen.

Mandy then rallied to find somewhere safe for John, who also loved to play the guitar, to play. Adrenaline Alley was born, and in July 2003 an outdoor park at Rockingham Speedway opened.

The attack had a profound impact on John. As John’s health deteriorated further, Mandy continued to build Adrenaline Alley for him.

In September 2010, John sadly passed away, but Adrenaline Alley is his legacy.