Whitley Stimpson complete the Twin Town Challenge Charity Event
May 9, 2022
Staff from the Witney office of Whitley Stimpson participated in the Twin Town Challenge 20+2 over the May bank holiday weekend to raise funds for SpecialEffect, an Oxfordshire-based charity that uses technology to improve the quality of life for people living with physical challenges.
The Twin Town Challenge is a team-based car challenge, held over four days, in which each team buys a £500 ‘banger’ and drives from Blenheim Palace to Witney’s twin town of Le Touquet in northern France, competing in challenges along the way.
Laura (Ginger Boss), Luke (Big Baby), James (Posh Totty), and Oscar (E-Sporty) from the Witney office had been waiting for the much-anticipated event along with 119 other teams since the previous Twin Town Challenge was postponed in 2020 due to COVID.
The team already kickstarted their fundraising back in 2019 when Laura, Luke and Maria completed the Oxford Half Marathon, raising £1,300.
The theme for the challenge was ‘The Battle of the Bands.’ As team captain, Laura chose the Spice Girls for the team, leading to the birth of the Whitley’s Wannabes. They purchased a London taxi as their £500 ‘banger’, which luckily got them to Le Touquet and back in one piece.
On the Friday, the team set out from Blenheim Palace for Le Touquet. On the way, the team stopped at the Grande Armée Column to collect some extra points, all while dressed in their Whitley’s Wannabes outfits.
In the evening, the teams were invited to a welcome reception, where they could get to know fellow Twin Towners and enjoy some food, drinks, and live music.
Days two and three
Saturday and Sunday were filled with various challenges. Saturday began with a music video challenge called ‘Rock the Town’. The Whitley’s Wannabes got into the Spice Girls spirit, pulling out all their best synchronised dance moves – which later got shown on the big screen to all the other competitors.
Sunday was spent at Abbeville racetrack completing different driving challenges. The team took part in a car jousting competition which involved a team member holding a joust with the aim to hit targets whilst the driver drove the taxi along the track. The teams also partook in a Car Fishing competition where the front passenger had a metal circle rod that they had to guide around a wire loop without making it buzz quicker than the other competitor.
The team were given the opportunity to complete parade laps around the circuit before heading back for a street party on Rue De Metz including live music and dancing (and a few drinks!)
On Monday, the team packed up their bags and headed back to Blenheim Palace for the TTC20+2 Homecoming Party, before finally heading home for some well-deserved rest.
The team would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors of Twin Town Challenge who made the event happen and kept it running. They would also like to say a big thank you to their team who was working hard in the background to support the Whitley’s Wannabes throughout the competition – Marcus, Natasha, Georgia, and Emily.