HUDDERSFIELD man Balkar Dhothar is racing to raise as much cash as possible before he sets off on a hair-raising drive.

The 41-year-old from Bradley has been hitting local supermarkets with fundraising volunteers to drum up support before his 1,500-mile Staples2Naples rally drive this month.

Balkar and brother Harjinder, 36, from Kent, are taking part in the four-day event to raise money for the NSPCC.

They duo have to rely on a £100 old banger to complete their road trip, which will see them drive through up to five countries up and over some of the most treacherous roads in Europe.

They will be joined on their adventure by friend and car fanatic Jaskinder Deo, 18, from Fixby.

Balkar and his fundraisers have been busy raising extra cash before the rally by holding collections at Morrisons at Waterloo and the Shore Head branch of Sainsbury’s.

They have raised more than £600 thanks to generous shoppers.

During the collections they have also been promoting the NSPCC, which helps stop childhood suffering and cruelty, by donning the charity’s trademark green shirts and handing out leaflets and stickers.

Balkar and his team are touched by the fantastic support they have received from local people as they prepare for the banger rally, their second in two years.

He said: “I would like to thank the supermarkets for allowing us to collect.

“I would also like to say a big thank you to their customers for their kind and generous support.”

Before they set off on the rally the team, called Push My Ride, have organised a charity gig in Huddersfield town centre.

It will be at the Parish pub in Kirkgate on Wednesday, September 19.

It will feature The Uprooters and Wobbly Bob, starting at 9pm. Admission costs £3, which will go to the charity.

To sponsor the team visit www.wacky-races.co.uk