Volkswagen Retailer Supports Fundraiser's Epic 450-Mile Run Around Yorkshire

•Yorkshireman Ben Davis is raising money for CALM charity

•Distance is the equivalent of 18 marathons in 18 days

•Volkswagen Harrogate lends all-new Touareg support car

Milton Keynes –
Yorkshire fundraiser Ben Davis is currently running around his home county's border to raise funds for the CALM charity. Davis, 31, set off from Scarborough on Wednesday 1 August and is following a route that will take him through Cleveland Way, Yorkshire Dales, Humber Bridge and Spurn Point, before returning to Scarborough.

Davis is close to reaching his target of raising £15,000 for the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), which is an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide. Male suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK.

Just 48 hours before Davis was due to begin his challenge he was told his support vehicle wouldn't be available. Kevin Howe, Head of Business at Harrogate Volkswagen, was quick to offer help. The Volkswagen Retailer prepared an all-new Volkswagen Touareg that is being driven by Tom Bentley, who is supporting Davis by carrying supplies and is also recording the adventure.

Ben decided to take on the #RunningYorkshire challenge after suffering a period of poor mental health: 'I very quickly went from feeling a bit down to locking myself away for days on end. I would break down and cry without warning. It severely affected me. I want to do my bit to acknowledge that blip in my life and let people know they are not alone. I'm really hoping that it will encourage more men to talk about their mental health with friends and family. Let's all look out for each other.'

During the 450-mile trip Davis is climbing a total of 41,000 ft – a height greater than the summit of Mount Everest. He is carrying his camping equipment on his back, as well as a GPS device so his progress can be tracked live via this link:

Volkswagen's all-new Touareg went on sale in the UK in June priced from £51,595 (RRP OTR) and is available to test drive at Volkswagen Retailers nationwide. The brand's flagship SUV combines technology, comfort and driving excellence – a combination of attributes that made it the obvious choice when it came to supporting Davis.

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    New Touareg includes the largest range of driver assistance, handling and comfort systems ever to be integrated into a Volkswagen. Perhaps the highlight of these is the Innovision Cockpit. This is a vast screen that connects the infotainment system and the digital instrumentation. The digital instruments are displayed on a 12-inch high resolution TFT screen, and the Discover Premium infotainment touchscreen is a 15-inch display.

    Also available is Night Vision, active all-wheel steering and roll stabilisation with electromechnically controlled anti-roll bars. 'I.Q.Light' LED matrix headlights combine information from a camera, GPS location, the Touareg's steering angle, and the car's speed to adjust the LEDs to offer the optimum lighting pattern.

    By: Volkswagen
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