Barry vloggers take on epic Mongol Rally challenge for charity

Travel vloggers Aimee Bannister, 28, and Craig Holmes, 30 - AKA Kinging-It - from Barry are planning their most adventurous trip yet as they plan to drive 10,000 miles through deserts and mountains in a 13-year-old hatchback to raise money for charity.

Barry vloggers take on epic Mongol Rally challenge for charity

The couple will be joined by friends Will Webb, 30, and Jessica Berg, 30, for this year’s Mongol Rally - an intercontinental adventure which kicks off in Prague, Czech Republic on July 16. 

The challenge will see the group make their way from Prague to the finish line in Ulan-Ude, Russia six weeks later. They will be travelling in a 1.2 litre Fiat Panda found on Gumtree, which cost just £600 and has 118,000 miles on the clock.

Mongol Rally rules stipulate that vehicles must be 1.2 litres or less, participants will receive no on the road backup or support, and they must raise a minimum of £1000 for charity – including £500 for the organisers’ chosen charity Cool Earth, with the remaining going to a charity of choice. 

The group will travel across 12+ countries including Germany, Hungary, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Serbia and Russia to raise money and awareness of CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer support charity for children and young people, as well as Cardiff’s Big Moose. They are aiming to raise £5000 to be split between the three charities. 

Aimee chose CLIC Sargent after she was supported by the charity when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2008. She underwent eight months of chemotherapy, and is celebrating ten years cancer-free this October. 

She said: “When I was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 17 I was supported by a CLIC Sargent Social Worker who was amazing. They helped me to get grants and sort out disability benefits which were really useful. 

“They also helped my mum as she had lots of questions and needed emotional support. We didn’t feel so alone, they helped us to understand it wasn’t just our family going through the experience.

“CLIC Sargent is such an incredible charity that helps people who are going through a really scary time and that’s why I want to raise money for them by taking on this challenge. We’ve been travelling for so long and vlogging all over the world, we felt like it was time to do something a bit out of the ordinary! It will be incredible to mark my tenth year cancer-free by taking on a crazy challenge.”

Craig said: “We can’t wait to get going now. We always try to push ourselves out of our comfort zones and we love road trips, but this is something completely different!

“The car breaking down is my biggest worry. We’ll definitely encounter some problems along the way and we’ll need to enlist the help of local mechanics and talk to lots of different people.”

Cerys Sadler, CLIC Sargent Fundraising & Engagement Manager for South and Mid Wales, said: “We can’t thank Aimee, Craig, Will and Jessica enough for joining CLIC Sargent’s fight for young lives against cancer by taking on this incredible challenge. 

“Money raised will help fund our specialist care teams, including social workers and nurses who provide practical, emotional and financial support to help minimise the damage cancer causes to young people beyond their health. We’re so excited to follow their journey!”

Aimee and Craig are looking for sponsors to help fund their trip, as well as provide much-needed supplies such as tents, spare tyres and cooking equipment. Companies that offer their support will see their logo displayed on the car.

There is also the opportunity to place your very own selfie on a giant flag that will be attached to their car by donating £20. For further information, visit https://www.gofundme.com/kingingit-mongol-rally-2018 or email kingingit100@gmail.com.

For more information please email Rebecca.Bourley@clicsargent.org.uk or call her on 020 8752 2938. 

About cancer in children and young people

Today, 11 more children and young people in the UK will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.

About CLIC Sargent

When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading charity for young cancer patients and their families. We provide specialist support, to help and guide each young cancer patient and their family. We will fight tirelessly for them, individually, locally and nationally. For more information, visit www.clicsargent.org.uk

Note to sub editors

Please note that the name ‘CLIC Sargent’ should not be abbreviated to CLIC, and that the word ‘CLIC’ should always appear in capitals, as above.   

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