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Months of preparation and weeks of planning have finally come to an end as the Shawcity team have completed this year’s Twin Town challenge and raised the £2,000 target set for SpecialEffect in 2016.
The three-day challenge took place between 27th-30th May 2016 and saw 100 cars costing less than £500 drive from Witney to its twin town of Le Touquet and back via Silverstone and Abbeville circuits, completing a series of 12 challenges along the way.
Having entered the previous event in 2014, Shawcity were one of the main sponsors this year of this unique four-day challenge.
The charity works alongside a team of therapists and technology specialists who adapt both hardware and software to work with young people and adults’ individual disabilities. Technology can include eye-controlled software or specially designed controls or keyboards to enable access to communication or gaming.
Neil O'Regan, Managing Director at Shawcity, became an ambassador for SpecialEffect in 2013 as soon as he saw how effectively their work builds confidence, helps rehabilitation and, above all, promotes inclusion.
He took part in this year’s Twin Town challenge alongside Shawcity’s Operations Manager Colin Smith. The team car ‘City City Bang Bang’ was a 1997 Mercedes E280 which survived the long journey to Le Touquet and back and has been sold at a charity auction along with 30 other Twin Town cars, with all proceeds going directly to SpecialEffect.
Team Shawcity were also lucky enough to run as part of a group of 160 supporting SpecialEffect by completing The Monster Race in April this year.
Based at Cornbury Park, near Charlbury in Oxfordshire, the team crawled, climbed, jumped and slid their way across 25 challenging obstacles through a tough, muddy terrain of woodland, hill climbs, rivers and bogs in snowy conditions and freezing temperatures.
The Twin Town challenge alone has raised an incredible £250k for SpecialEffect and there are aspirations to raise more as donations are still being collected and verified.