Convoy covers over 1000 miles for charity

Kirsty and Bill Williamson took part in a convoy of VW campervans

Kirsty and Bill Williamson took part in a convoy of VW campervans

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A Stonehaven couple were part of a convoy of VW campervans that covered the length of Britain to raise money for a homeless charity.

Kirsty and Bill Williamson are part of the Facebook group VW Charity Route 67, which decided to travel from John o’ Groats to Land’s End to raise money for Crisis, the homeless charity.

Plenty of people took part in the VW convoy

Plenty of people took part in the VW convoy

Kirsty said: “I think we chose Crisis because we’ve all got second homes in the campervans in a way, it seemed like the right charity for us as a group.”

The run, which took six days starting on July 20, and had around 60 VW campervans covering various stretches of the route, has so far raised around £5,000 and counting.

“Most people only covered stretches of the journey, because obviously the vans are old, and not really up to the full distance,” Kirsty explained. “We only went as far south as the Lake District, partly because the van had only passed its MOT the week before, and partly because we had tickets to the Wickerman Festival.”

Kirsty and Bill hired out a VW campervan last year, as a birthday treat for Bill. Kirsty said: “We took it out for a weekend, and thought, yes, we have to get one.”

So they brought a T2 1979 VW campervan in bright orange, and called it Bella.

“She was really just a shell when we got her, but now she’s looking really good, and she ran really well on the trip.”

The group plan to make the trip an annual thing, and have other adventures to raise money for charity lined up.

To learn more, or donate, visit: http://vwroute67.co.uk.