A BLIND man is to drive a high-powered sports car round a racetrack to help other blind people get a canine companion.
Thirty-year-old Jonathan O'Connor, of Almondbury, is registered blind and relies on his German shepherd guide dog Phoebe to get around.
His last guide dog, Dolly, died last November and he was without a dog until this summer.
"It was terrible," said Jonathan. "I felt I was a virtual prisoner in my own home. I need a guide dog to be able to go anywhere outside and be independent."
It costs around £5,000 to buy and train a guide dog
Jonathan will be doing the sponsored drive at the Three Sisters Racetrack in Wigan on Thursday, October 30.
He will be driving a dual-controlled MGZR sports car with an instructor by his side to guide him.
He said: "It's the first time I've ever done anything like this, but in the future I'd love to break the land speed record for a blind person. The current record is 143mph."
Jonathan lives with his seven-year-old son, Jacob, and his partner, Emma Upjohn.
Anyone who wants to sponsor him should phone him on 01484 322045.