Crisis signs Paxman and Rice for smartphone scavenger hunt

Iconic TV personality Anneka Rice and BBC journalist Jeremy Paxman join forces to challenge the UK in the ultimate scavenger hunt to raise funds for Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people. Crisis: Mission Oxford launches today, calling teams of three to six people to register their interest in competing in the national event which will run between London and Oxford in May 2011.

In a UK charity first, the scavenger hunt will be powered by cutting-edge Smartphone technology. Celebrity challengers Jeremy Paxman and Anneka Rice – known for their on-screen resolve – will deliver video clues to teams as they traverse the country, each armed with an android or iPhone handset.

Cunning, logic and dogged determination will be needed to unravel the series of clues and complete challenges en route in pursuit of the next location. To keep an eye on the competition teams will be updated on their progress, and the game as a whole, via their mobiles. Surprise special guests will add to the excitement of the day as teams plot out their routes to the final destination.

Anneka Rice, presenter of hit TV series Treasure Hunt and Challenge Anneka, said: “Mission Oxford promises to be an action-packed, exciting and fun day out and all for a fantastic cause. I can’t resist a challenge and am very excited to be involved in such a large-scale, state of the art, treasure hunt.”

Leslie Morphy, Chief Executive of Crisis added: “As we look ahead to next year opening a new Crisis Skylight education, training and employment for homeless people in Oxford, we are excited to launch Mission Oxford, a new and exciting fundraising event which is not only a first for Crisis, but for any UK Charity. With the backing of famously tenacious Jeremy Paxman and Anneka Rice, there’s a real sense of competition to the day. We urge you to get involved.”

Crisis has chosen Oxford as the destination for the event, as the charity is soon to open a new Skylight centre in the city. Skylight Oxford will offer accredited education, training and employment services and opportunities for homeless and vulnerably housed people in the city.

Entry is open to all and, with over 70 teams able to participate, it is set to be an epic event. Potential competitors can register their interest from 18 November at www.crisis.org.uk/missionoxford ahead of online entry which will open in January. The Mission Oxford event itself will take place in May 2011.