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STL staff are hidden heroes

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We won! We were delighted to receive the Hidden Heroes Award at the Comms Business Awards 2017 which were held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on Thursday 15th June. The host for the event was Al Murray, who presented the trophy to STL’s MD Brendon Cross.

THIDDEN HEROES AWARD WINNERhe Comms Business Hidden Heroes Award recognises people and companies in the communications industry who give their time to raising money for or helping good causes. The STL entry was for STL’s involvement in organising the Twin Town Challenge, a charity car rally style event that has raised £450,000 for SpecialEffect.

Now in their 10th year, the Comms Business Awards celebrate the communication’s channel success. With a record number of entries across all the categories, the independent judges had a challenging time to decide on winners.

The brainchild of STL MD Brendon Cross, the Twin Town Challenge sees 100 cars costing less than £500 travel from Witney to its twin town of Le Touquet via some iconic race tracks, a series of points based challenges, a street party with a live band and lots more fundraising fun. The event has taken place in 2014 and 2016, when the cars left from the iconic Blenheim Palace. In addition to organising the event, over 20 STL staff travelled to France as volunteers to help with the marshalling, organising and bucket shaking.

Brendon said, “I am humbled to be wining an award like this for something that is such fun to do. There is a whole team of people who give of their time for free to organise this amazing event and make sure that we get sponsors, publicity, volunteers to help and teams to enter. The reward is managing to make a life changing amount of money for SpecialEffect that enables them to help more people with physical disabilities to use adaptive technology for communication, creativity and video games.”

Brendon is currently working on Twin Town Challenge 2018, which he hopes will be bigger, better and raise more money than before. For further information visit

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