A Liverpool business has given its support to a convoy which is set to travel the length of the country to help raise £10,000 for a homeless charity.
More than 80 Volkswagen camper van owners have signed up to ‘VW Charity Route 67’ with the aim of raising vital funds for the homeless charity, Crisis.
The mammoth challenge is the first of its kind and will see retro bay-window camper vans and the more modern California models drive 1,008 miles, leaving John O’Groats on 20th July and arriving in Land’s End six days later.
Liverpool Van Centre heard of the charity quest from a customer and the company was delighted to sponsor the event’s goody bags. Money from the sale of these bags goes towards the fundraising target.
Chris Evans, assistant sales manager at Volkswagen Van Centre Liverpool said; “Our customer, Paul, is one of the organisers of the event and when he explained the challenge it sounded like an amazing event for like-minded Volkswagen enthusiasts, so we were happy to help out.”
Paul Martin, one of the organisers said: “This all started when Paul Aspin, the main organiser, decided to drive the route as an alternative charity challenge. He shared it on a few Facebook pages, which is where I got involved, and it just escalated.
“We now have 80 vehicles registered to take part and it’s growing by the week. Some people are covering particular sections of the course while others are completing the entire route.
“We are staying at a series of campsites along the way and even have a live band playing at one of the sites to help boost our fundraising total. So many people have generously given their time to help set this up and we are really grateful to the likes of Liverpool Van Centre who were very willing to help.
“We hope to not only reach our £10,000 fundraising goal but also to raise awareness of Crisis’ work and go some way to help end homelessness in the UK.”
To find out more about VW Charity Route 67 visit www.vwroute67.co.uk.