Volkswagen enthusiasts are preparing to take part in a convoy to raise money for a leading suicide prevention charity.
Every vehicle registered to take part in the Run The Ring event around the M25 on Sunday 20 September will be supporting PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide.
VW owners from as far away as Scotland, Wales and Cornwall have already signed up and paid £25 to take part in the 117-mile journey around the M25.
Every penny raised from registration will be donated to PAPYRUS.
It is the fourth year the charity fundraising convoy has been held and event organisers John Emberton and Amanda Culley say they are delighted to be supporting PAPYRUS for the first time.
“Car enthusiasts who’ve not been able to go to car shows in recent months will finally be able to dust off their beloved VW’s and show them off in style.
“Run The Ring is all about having fun and for some vehicles it will be a real test of endurance. The great thing is that everyone who’ll be taking part will be doing something to support the great work PAPYRUS is doing to help save young lives right across the country,” said John.
Carefully timed starts from each of the four services on the M25 at Cobham, South Mimms, Thurrock and Clacket Lane will help to create the convoy.
“It really is quite a sight to see all shapes, sizes and colours of Volkswagens slowly gathering and then all cruising along together. This year a lot of newbies will be taking part for the first time and they’re in for a real treat,” said Amanda.
For more details about the event and to register go to www.runthering.co.uk
Ged Flynn, Chief Executive of PAPYRUS said: “Car enthusiasts who register for Run The Ring will raise money which could pay for potentially life-saving calls, texts or emails to our HOPELINE247 service, support the training we offer, assist our work engaging with young people in local communities, help our volunteers and a lot more.
“So let’s all work together to continue giving hope to a young person who is struggling with life.”
Suicide is the biggest killer of young people in the UK. PAPYRUS aims to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by breaking down the stigma around suicide and equipping people with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.
HOPELINE247 is the charity’s confidential helpline service providing practical advice and support to young people with thoughts of suicide and anyone concerned about a young person who may have thoughts of suicide.
HOPELINE247 is staffed by trained professionals, offering a telephone, text and email service.
For practical, confidential suicide prevention help and advice please contact PAPYRUS HOPELINE247 on 0800 068 4141, text 07860 039967 or email firstname.lastname@example.org