Fun raising money for a fantastic charity in a £500 car

If 2016 is your year to do something out of the ordinary, meeting new people and all for an amazing cause then The Twin Town Challenge 2016 is for you!

Late May bank holiday 2014, 50 cars costing less than £500 departed from Cornbury Park, Witney,UK to travel to its twin town of Le Touquet, France and in doing so raised £130,000 for SpecialEffect. The Twin Town Challenge is the brainchild of Brendon Cross, MD of STL Communications and Vice President of Special Effect, and he’s doing it all again this year, only this time taking 100 cars.

Brendon tells us why he is organising a second Twin Town Challenge.

“Obviously I want to raise a huge sum of money for SpecialEffect to enable them help even more people with disabilities to join in with video games, but it is also because so many of the TTC14 participants had so much fun raising money for charity that they wanted to do it all again. It seemed logical to take twice as many cars and to raise twice as much money! Our fundraising target for TTC16 is £250,000 and the good news is that our very generous sponsors have covered the cost of the event, so every penny (and euro!) raised by the teams goes straight to SpecialEffect.”

Is it a race?
No it’s not. TTC16 is a series of fun point based challenges that are guaranteed to ensure teams have lots of fun and once in a lifetime experiences.

What sort of things will teams be doing over the weekend?
Leaving from Blenheim Palace which will be a spectacular VIP depart and heading for Brands Hatch for some fun on the circuit before crossing to France with Eurotunnel.  There will be a Civic Reception in Le Touquet on Friday night and a series of challenges in and around Le Touquet on Saturday. On Sunday you will head to Criox en Ternois circuit (which for many was the best day of TTC14), with all the cars driving round the track. That evening there will be a street party in Rue de Metz, closed exclusively for TT16, with live bands and a ‘money can’t buy’ auction. Heading back to Blighty and a farewell tea party at Abbott Diabetes in Witney.

What do businesses get out of entering an event like TTC16?
As with most things, the more you put in, the more you will get out of it, but a quick list includes teamwork, staff engagement, publicity, raising money for charity, networking, once in a lifetime experiences, increased awareness, social media, PR and lots, lots more. Last year one of the participants said it was better than a breakfast club to meet new people and businesses!

How much does it cost to enter?
Businesses or groups of individuals can enter a team of up to four people for £995. You’ll need to purchase a car for less than £500 and insure it, although TTC16 can provide you with event insurance that includes cover for the race tracks for £250. We will feed you six times over the course of the weekend but you will need to cover other meals, drinks, accommodation and fuel.

The Twin Town Challenge has been the ultimate game changer for this small charity. The funds raised by TTC14 have been used to employ additional specialist staff and to provide extra expert support to the young people with disabilities that they help. SpecialEffect has also extended the centre, so that it is big enough to host groups of disabled young people and their families, and equipped it with additional specialist equipment such as eye gaze technology. The team even went back to LeTouquet to work with some children there.

TTC16 will take place from Friday 27th May 2016 to Monday 30th May 2016. Places on the starting grid are filling fast, so visit for more details and to enter.