Welcome to Run the Ring
“Run the Ring" is a parade of VW cars, VW vans & VW campers, to raise funds for charity. For those that have not Run the Ring before: it started as a joke on Facebook after John Emberton the mastermind behind this bonkers but awesome idea, asked "who wants to run my ring", little did he know that it would be so popular & would be the beginning of the best VW community out there!
The first Run the Ring was 25th Sept 2016, when we managed to get 400 VW's to do a lap of the M25 in a 50mph convoy leaving from 4 points, South Mimms, Thurrock, Clackets & Cobham Services on a sunny Sunday morning after a nights camping. We raised just over £10k for Teenage Cancer Trust.
In 2017, we did it again starting with Run The Ring at the Movies in Feb 2017, followed by attending many shows and the main event in Sept 2017, we had approx. 650 VW vehicles complete the convoy on another sunny Sunday morning after camping in two locations. The charity for 2017 was Scotty’s Little Soldiers who support children who have lost a parent in the armed forces & we handed over a cheque for just shy of £26k to Scotty’s at their ball & were awarded Fundraising Team of the Year! An amazing achievement and its thanks to all who took part.
On to Run the Ring 3 on in Sept 2018, this time, in the pouring rain, we unwound by going in the other direction! We raised just over £30k for Brainwave, a charity who support children who have brain injuries and disabilities such as Epilepsy, Autism, Cerebral Palsy and some rare brain conditions.
2019 was a fallow year whilst John Emberton celebrated his 50th Birthday and took some much needed time out. At a VW Birthday party for him at Dubtoberfest, John announced the next charity for Run the Ring 4 in 2020 will be PAPYRUS. PAPYRUS is the UK charity for the prevention of young suicide. Suicide is the biggest killer of young people under 35 in the UK. PAPYRUS provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, & anyone worried about a young person, through their helpline.
On 20th September 2020, Run the Ring despite Covid-19 still managed to go ahead. We had 950 registrations and managed to raise close to £52k.
We will be back again in 2021 with Run the Ring 5 and maybe other little events as long as Covid-19 doesn't stop us.
Thanks for paying us a visit and if you want to keep up to date, join our Facebook group. See you in 2021!!
The Run the Ring team :-)
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