Corporate Social Responsibility

Twin Town Challenge 2016 | SpecialEffect

TwinTown16DCResponse is taking part in a charity event to support SpecialEffect by driving from Witney to its twin town of le Touquet in a £500 car. Drivers from the one-hundred cars that will leave Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire for Le Touquet on the Twin Town Challenge 2016 met at Silverstone recently for a safety briefing in the lead up to this record breaking event.

The cars can cost no more than £500 and need to be roadworthy as we embark on a cross-channel trip that will take in challenges at Silverstone and at Abbeville circuit in northern France to raise £250,000 for Charlbury based SpecialEffect.  The first Twin Town Challenge in 2014, which involved just fifty cars, raised an amazing £130,000 for the charity.

In addition to the mandatory safety briefing, which is necessary because of the time spent on race tracks and circuits, the teams also enjoyed SpecialEffect Ambassador Jim Rosenthal quizzing veteran F1 driver John Watson about what to expect from the circuit at Silverstone.  John was full of great advice for our team, who will be known as The Power Rangers!

John Watson commented, ‘It’s an absolute pleasure to be supporting this event by giving a few hints and tips about Silverstone to the guys from The Power Rangers! and my main advice was that they will need to protect the car if they’re to complete all twelve laps!’

Jim Rosenthal added, ‘I’ve never seen so much enthusiasm for a motorsport based event and all for a charity that enables severely disabled youngsters to enjoy computer gaming.  I wish The Power Rangers! all the very best for the event.’

Event organiser and SpecialEffect Vice-President Brendon Cross said, ‘It’s just three months until we depart from Blenheim Palace and raising £250,000 for this unique charity is a big task but The Power Rangers! have taken up the challenge and collectively we’ve already raised over £100,000.’

The Twin Town Challenge takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend Friday 27th until Monday 30th May when the teams return to Witney for a homecoming party and the cars will then be auctioned off for the charity at West Oxfordshire Motor Auctions on Thursday 2nd June.  Auctioneer Ken Hagar said, ‘The Twin Town Auction promises to be a great night and for a fantastic cause.  There will be plenty of bargains to be had.’

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40 Club | Sobel House

Sobel HouseWith one in three of us likely to need or benefit from end of life care, Sobell House has a vision for Oxfordshire where everyone has access to the care they need and where families are supported.

We have therefore set ourselves a target to raise extra funds over the next 4 years to support the expansion of our services in line with the demand.  We will achieve this by working closely with local businesses, local groups, individuals and families.

The first priority is to grow end of life care expertise across Oxfordshire’s four hospitals.  Central to this initiative to improve care of the dying will be education and training for hospital staff – strengthening and growing the pool of knowledge in end of life care across the Oxfordshire hospitals. 

Sobel House will also build a new hospice space on the Churchill hospital site which will give us added clinical facilities. This will be designed to fit the needs of our increasingly frail and complex patients who are likely to be prone to falls and may suffer from dementia. It will also provide the capacity for other essential out-patient services such as lymphoedema and provide much needed comfort in a sympathetic environment.

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