Doing our bit for charity

Twin Town 2018 cars at Blenheim Palace

The reception team here at Hexagon Business Centres played a leading role in the organisation of the 2018 Twin Town Challenge, a charity car rally to Le Touquet.

On Friday 25th May 2018, one hundred cars costing less than £500 each left from Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire and headed to Le Touquet in northern France. Over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, the teams completed a number of fun challenges to raise money for Charlbury-based charity SpecialEffect before returning to Blenheim on Monday 28th May.

Hexagon’s Michele, Abbie and Ann were responsible for all the project management and administration of the event from the registration of the teams, arranging the Eurotunnel crossings and hotels, sending out weekly newsletters and organising the challenges, scoring, volunteers kit and much more. All three ladies were also Twin Town volunteers, helping at Blenheim and in France throughout the weekend.

Michele Lodge, Centre Manager of Hexagon said, “It was a particularly busy few weeks in the run up to the Twin Town Challenge, but we are very proud to have played our part in helping to put on an event that raises so much money for SpecialEffect.”

The Twin Town Challenge is organised by Brendon Cross, who is MD of Hexagon Business Centres and of STL Communications, as well as being a SpecialEffect Vice President. Brendon said, “The sight of 100 cars, 400 people in movie-themed fancy dress, not to mention over 50 volunteers, as they headed off to France was quite a sight to behold. We had a fabulous programme of events in and around Le Touquet including a day at Abbeville circuit and a street party with live bands.”

All the costs of the event have been covered by sponsorship, which means that every pound paid in entry fees, as well as the fundraising by the teams, goes straight to the charity.

The Twin Town Challenge has been a real game changer for SpecialEffect. Most importantly, the charity has already benefitted from the £500,000 raised by the Twin Town Challenges in 2014 and 2016 but this support escalated as the contacts made on the Twin Town Challenge brought wider gains as Dr Mick Donegan, founder and CEO of SpecialEffect, explains,

“The legacy of each Twin Town Challenge always continues to blossom long after the event itself. We are entirely dependent on donations to carry on our work, so events like this are our lifeblood. We cannot thank the organisers and the Twin Town community enough for their passion and generosity.”

Funds from the Twin Town events have been crucial in enabling SpecialEffect to establish a games room for people with disabilities to visit, to buy new vehicles and to take on more specialist staff to meet the rapidly growing demand for their support and services.

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