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Couple raise over $40,000 for charity by pushing each other in a trash can

"The most difficult part of the journey was the hills and mountain gradient."


It took Craig Holmes, 34, and Aimee Bannister, 33, (pictured) 16 days to travel 200 miles in the trash can. (Aimee Bannister via SWNS)

By Harrison Moore via SWNS

This couple raised over $40,000 US for a mental health charity by pushing each other for 200 miles in a trash can.

YouTubers Craig Holmes, 34, and Aimee Bannister, 33, took 17 days to travel across Wales, UK, last month.

They battled blistering hot weather, mountain terrain and exhaustion but in the end, were able to complete their journey.

The pair, who go by the name "Kinging-It" set off on July 15 to raise funds for mental health charity bigmoose after losing a friend to suicide.

They took it in turns, pushing each other for between 15 to 18 miles a day across their home nation before stopping at campsites in their renovated school bus.

Aimee said: "We wanted to do something to support a cause close to our hearts.

"It was a hard journey, but with the support of each other we made it."

Each day Craig and Aimee traveled for around eight hours, navigating along a route made up of cycle paths and the odd stretch of road.

They had a support vehicle that would feed them during meal times and another van that would follow them onto larger roads to protect them from traffic.

The pair negotiated the vast terrain of the Welsh countryside, even tackling the Brecon Beacons mountain range during one part of their trip.

They finished their journey in the city of Cardiff on July 31, and have so far raised about $40,000 US for bigmoose - almost doubling their target.

Aimee said: "We have known about bigmoose from the beginning and their mantra is leaving the world better than you found it.

"We love what they stand for, and having lost a friend last year we decided we wanted to raise money for their cause.

"When we set off, we didn't really have much of a plan other than just to push each other until one of us got tired and then switch.

"The most difficult part of the journey was the hills and mountain gradient.

"Wales is super hilly and we traveled across part of the Brecon Beacons over the heatwave which was complete torture.

"All in all the route was about 200 miles, but, apart from some nasty blisters, we managed quite well.

"We had the name of the friend we lost on the front of the bin (trash can) in lights.

"We wanted to remember her and carry on her legacy of speaking up and speaking out if you need help."

Craig and Aimee started their YouTube channel 'Kinging-It' in 2014 and now have 210,000 subscribers.

They also have a travel vlog where they document their unique trips across the globe.

You can donate to Craig and Aimee's Just Giving page here.

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