New Year’s Honour for STL MD
STL’s MD Brendon Cross has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours list for ‘services to disabled people’. The British Empire Medal recognises the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom.
Brendon, who is also Vice President of the charity SpecialEffect, is well known for his organisation of the Twin Town Challenge, an event held in 2014 and 2016 that has already raised over £500,000 for the charity. The Twin Town Challenge, which sees cars costing £500 drive from Witney to Le Touquet for a weekend of fun challenges, has been well supported by many leading players in the comms industry as well as from the games industry and local Oxfordshire businesses. .
SpecialEffect gives people with physical disabilities access to technology to play games and interact with friends and family. The Twin Town Challenge has raised a life changing amount for the charity over the last 4 years, but Brendon’s support behind the scenes for the charity has been equally impactful, involving everything from bucket shaking through to walking on fire in support of the cause.
Dr Mick Donegan, SpecialEffect Founder and CEO, said “There is no better way to start our 10th year than with this fantastic news which is so richly deserved. Brendon and his entire family are dear friends of SpecialEffect and their friendship and support has had a life changing impact for the people we help.”
Brendon commented “I am truly humbled and honoured to accept this award on behalf of the Twin Town Challenge and all of the SpecialEffect family, many of whom have dedicated their lives to helping severely disabled young people.”
Brendon concludes, “Each year we have smashed the Twin Town Challenge fundraising target and the event planning is well underway to make TTC18 even bigger and better which hopefully will be reflected in raising even more money for this brilliant charity.” Entries for the Twin Town Challenge 2018 will open in May.