A HAMPSHIRE dog charity's new home is set to undergo a very special makeover.

Dogs for Autism (DfA), the only charity to provide assistance dogs free of charge to autistic people of any age, anywhere in the UK, is set to undergo a special ‘Run the Ring’ makeover this May at its new home in Selbourne.

The VW ‘Run the Ring’ parade (RTR) is an annual cruise of all types of Volkswagens around the M25 to raise money and awareness for charities.

This year Dogs for Autism is proud to have been named the recipient charity. The cruise will take place on September 24, with four starting points at the main service stations along the M25 motorway route.

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The ’Ringers’ like to go above and beyond the normal realms of fundraising during the ‘Run the Ring’ event. Some of the RTR groups are keen to help their charity in additional ways before the event begins. In keeping with their charitable ethos, the RTR group have decided to get together and help the team at DfA transforms their newly acquired dog training centre.

Traditionally home to the Lavender Fields farm shop, Dogs for Autism has recently taken over the old shop on-site at Hartley Farm Business Park in Selbourne.

In a modern renovation for the site, the new Lavender Farm Shop, located nearer the fields, now means the old barn can undergo a complete transformation for the Dogs for Autism charity. RTR will start work on the old Lavender store in mid-May during a busy DIY SOS-style weekend. 

Hilary Armour, chief executive of DfA said, “I am ecstatic that the building work will begin on the Lavender Barn. We are delighted that the ‘Run the Ring’ gang can help us with this incredible build. The work would have taken us some time and money to have completed, yet this amazing group of VW’ers are going to transform our barn in a matter of days.

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"Not only will this speed up our training, but it will make the unimaginable happen and mean we can fully begin training our autism assistance dogs much sooner than expected. Our new training centre will mean that the dogs will be dropped off by their puppy parents each morning and the training centre can be put into full use by our whole team. Specific areas will be created for the dogs to train in and for them to relax in."

The ‘Ringers,’ who are all VW enthusiasts and drive embellished VW vehicles, will cruise around an entire lap of the M25 having paid a fee to register.

All the money raised goes to the charity of the year. The safely organised family-friendly event is a chance for any VW lover to show off their vehicle with pride.