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Life in the Fast Lane for Fundraising Solicitors

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Local Oxfordshire solicitors Brethertons, have won the Twin Towns Challenge 2016, a charity event that took them all way to Le Touquet in France and back again in a car they bought for just 99p. 

“Twin Towns 2016 was one of the highlights of my life in recent times” declares Steven Neasham Managing Partner and Head of Property Law at the Bicester office, “It was an amazing experience, extremely well organised and raised a considerable amount of money for an inspirational charity and one very close to our hearts, SpecialEffect.”

The trip involved one weekend and 100 cars all bought for no more than £500. Starting at Blenheim Palace on 27 May, it took in Silverstone, Folkestone and ended up in Le Touquet, France. All in aid of the Witney-based charity SpecialEffect.

"My favourite bit was going round the Abbeville race circuit where we had a number of challenges to complete. I’ll never forget tearing around the track with the rest of the Brethertons99ers hanging out of the windows clinging onto huge boxes!” says Rosie Gladden, Marketing Team Leader and Team Captain of the Brethertons99ers.  

“It was a real team effort” adds Dani Green, Trainee Solicitor “You get to know your colleagues pretty well on a trip like this and the challenges really tested our trust in each other, as well as our tolerance levels. I’m not sure my colleagues enjoyed my singing but they did enjoy my dancing efforts!”

The fourth member of the crew was Solicitor Alistair Spencer “Having grown up with Top Gear I knew this was something I had to get involved in, especially as it supports such a worthwhile charity. The people of Le Touquet were very welcoming and it was great getting to know the other teams.”

The car used by the Brethertons99ers was a 1996 Lexus GS300, brought up to scratch and MOT’d by Herbies Car & Vehicle Repairs in Banbury, with parts supplied by First Line who are also based in the town. The car was particularly eye-catching being covered in photos of staff pulling funny faces and stickers of companies who had supported the team.

The Brethertons99ers managed to bring home the trophy with a total of 8569 points earned by taking part in a series of challenges including blind driving and a treasure hunt. All the money raised by the Twin Towns Challenge goes to SpecialEffect, a charity that puts the fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games.