Hartlepool brothers get ready for 700-mile Scottish car rally in £500 banger for children with cancer

Siblings Callum Macklam, Daniel Butler and David Butler will take part in the TBR 700 Two Ball Banger Rally in April in a car worth less than £600.

The event is a four day 700 mile rally around Scotland.

The boys hope to raise a substantial amount for the charity Children’s Cancer North.

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The boys Jeep Patriot ‘banger’ in which they will attempt to complete the 700 mile Scotland rally.

Callum, 28, said: “We wanted to do something for a good cause and my mum has had cancer and we know other adults and kids too so it’s pretty close to home for us.

“There are tons of charities for adults with cancer, but the most vulnerable are children.

“We all agreed we would do it for Children’s Cancer North.”

Callum toyed with the idea of ​​doing a skydive, but ended up on the banger rally because it was something he’d always wanted to do.

From left to right: brothers David Butler, Daniel Butler and Callum Macklam, with mechanic Richie Beard.

It also offers great views over Scotland, including the location that was the backdrop to the James Bond movie Skyfall.

Callum, Daniel, 32, and David, 37, teamed up to buy a 2009 Jeep Patriot for just £550.

The rally starts in Perth and ends in Pitlochry.

Callum quipped: “If you drive 700 miles in a £567 car, it’s a question of whether it will make it to the end!”

He praised the support of mechanic Richie Beard of Hartlepool car repair and maintenance company BM-Zone, who has maintained and worked on the vehicle up to the challenge.

They are one of several city companies that have paid £100 in sponsorship to have their company decal on the Jeep.

“Right now we have raised around £1,000 for charity,” says Callum.

Children’s Cancer North was established in 2021 when North of England Children’s Cancer Research and Children’s Cancer Fund came together.

It aims to improve the quality of life of the 100 children from across the region who are diagnosed with cancer each year and are sent to Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle for treatment.

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