Luke’s Wall was created at the Bendrigg Trust centre in Kendal, Cumbria, in memory of Luke Noble, from South Tyneside, who was just 15 when he was killed by a powerboat in 2004.
The Noble Harty Foundation was set up in Luke’s memory, aiming to help disabled and disadvantaged children experience outdoor adventures. More than £55,000 was raised to build the climbing wall – the only one of its kind in the UK - just over two years ago.
Now, more than 9,000 disabled children, adults and volunteers have used it and Steven Mongan, who was one of the key fundraisers and helped Luke’s family choose the Bendrigg, is now in talks to support the centre further with a revolutionary, sustainable and renewable energy project.
Stephen Mongan, director of Mongan Energy, a company which provides technology to produce bio-electricity, said: “We are absolutely delighted to see Luke’s Wall being such a resounding success. The Bendrigg centre is an incredible place and to think this wall has opened the minds and expanded the abilities of so many who would not have had that opportunity is amazing.”
Mr Mongan, who has created several patents including one which has the ability to process a hybrid renewable fuel into a pelletised bio-mass and even blend them with waste oils to provide a bio-fuel. The result can drive various types of engines as well as produce electricity for direct exporting into the national grid - and subsequently into homes and businesses.
Steve Mongan is now in talks with the Bendrigg Trust to raise funds to install a hybrid renewable bio-fuel plant at the centre, which would sustain the building completely, significantly reduce the running costs and potentially provide it with an income by selling energy to the National Grid.
Trevor Clarke, principal of the Bendrigg Trust, said: “To say Luke’s Wall has been a success would be an understatement – we feel extremely privileged to have it and it really has been a revelation to the people who come here, many of whom wouldn’t have even dared imagine they could access this type of adventure and excitement. It really does back up exactly what Bendrigg stands for – adventure for all.
“We are delighted to welcome Steve back to the centre, the proposals for our own bio-fuel plant are extremely exciting and we will do anything we can to make it a possibility.”
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