A WOMAN is preparing to kick on in a unique challenge for charity.

Bex Band, from Basingstoke, will be going on a journey of more than 1,500 miles traversing the length of the United States of America with her husband Gil on kick scooters.

Their expedition, called ‘Kicking the States’, will be beginning on May 15. Starting in Vancouver, the pair will scoot along until they reach Tijuana in Mexico, travelling the length of the west coast of the USA.

It’s estimated that it will take three months to complete the challenge and the travellers will be carrying their own gear and camping most nights.

The aim is to raise money for Africa’s Children in Education, a charity that supports some of Africa’s poorest children through school.

Former teacher Bex said: “We visited East Africa last year and since then have wanted to do something to give back as we feel we are so fortunate in many ways. I hope that we can really make a difference to the lives of children by helping them get an education.”

Along the way from one end of the country to the other, the couple will be giving talks in exchange for donations to their cause.

Bex added: “I’m nervous about this expedition because it has never been done before and I know it is going to be tough reaching the long distances we need to cover each day to reach our goal, but I’m also excited about the challenge and to see how much we can raise for charity.”

This is not the first challenge that the adventure-loving couple have been on.

In the past few years, they have hiked the length of Israel, sailed across the North Sea and kayaked the width of the UK. However, this will be the biggest challenge that they have yet faced.

Gil said: “We decided to do this journey on kick-scooters because it is the most fun way to travel. It allows us to really see the places we pass and is great for meeting people along the way. When people see the scooters, they want a go too.”

The couple’s goal is to raise $10,000. To donate, go to justgiving.com/fundraising/kickingthestates.