Run the Ring was dreamt up by the inimitable John and Amanda from London, who annually coordinate a convoy of VW vehicles to drive round the M25 raising awareness and money for worthwhile charities.
We were delighted when they selected PAPYRUS to be the beneficiaries of Run the Ring 4, in September 2020. Despite not knowing until three days before whether the event would go ahead; and without all the contributory weekend VW meet ups and fundraising leading up to the event, Sunday 20 September proved to be a wonderful, sunny, fun and record-breaking event, and one that we were so proud to be part of.
950 vehicles registered to take part, and with VDub Radio broadcasting live from the event all day, it was an incredible and heart-warming day – and seeing both Run the Ring and PAPYUS branding on so many eye-catching and unusual VW vehicles was very rewarding. Someone even generously donated a VW Beetle which was raffled off.
Mike and Helen, two PAPYRUS volunteers from Salford, read about the event on our website, and having their own VW campervan not only drove down for the day to take part, but gave an incredibly moving interview on VDub radio whilst en route around the M25.
Run the Ring 4 raised a jaw dropping £51,846.78 for PAPYRUS – a Run the Ring record – only exceeded by the huge amount of awareness of our brand and our work. In all, a fabulous event – especially in a year of lockdowns.