Colleagues from a housing association in Chester-le-Street have signed up for a challenge to walk 100km in 30 hours.
Esther Windass, Peter Hewitson, Arshia Bhatti, and Craig Ball from Cestria Community Housing will join the Oxfam Trailtrekker 2013 challenge to raise money for the charity.
"We are not underestimating the scale of this challenge, it's going to be very demanding, but we will help and encourage each other along the way and with help from our support crew, we are confident that we will be able to achieve this.
"The most important part of this challenge is to raise money for Oxfam and all monies raised will go a long way to making a difference to other people's lives. We are nervous but also looking forward to the challenge."
– Esther Windass, event organiser and customers services team leader at Cestria Community Housing
The team, known as Blister Blasters, will join more than 300 other teams to walk 100km through Yorkshire between June 1 and 2.
A back-up team, also from Cestria Community Housing, will support the group along the way by providing first aid, encouraging words and preparing hot meals.
"I am very proud of the staff for taking on such a big challenge but I know they have been training hard and am confident that they will succeed by raising lots of money for a worthy cause. As well as the main team and support crew, they have the support of all the staff within the organisation."
– Paul Fiddaman, chief executive at Cestria Community Housing
Money raised will make a difference and change lives by providing clean water and sanitation during emergencies, funding long-term projects in areas such as health or education and help towards campaign work in developing countries such as Africa.
It was an emotional day for staff at a pub in Chester-le-Street, when they said goodbye to a cleaner who worked at The Red Lion for 40 years. Sheila Nicholson, retired at the age of 71. She worked her first shift in 1972, when she took over from her mother.
Red Rose Primary School in Chester-le-Street is helping to launch a new campaign that is aiming to bring speed limits down to 20 miles per hour around homes, shops and schools.
It is hoped that the roll-out of the new GO 20 campaign will help reduce the amount of accidents and help to create a safer environment for children to walk and cycle home in.
The GO 20 campaign is being launched nation-wide and marks the start of Road Safety Week.
The North East is already seen to be ahead of the game, the campaign says, with Newcastle City Council's move to lower speed limits in residential areas having a noticeable drop in the number of crashes in many areas.
The road safety charity Brake is now calling for other areas to do the same thing.
"Everyone in the North East should be able to walk and cycle in their community without fear or threat: it's a basic right, and GO 20 is about defending that.
Anyone who drives can help bring this about: pledge to GO 20 in communities, even where the limit's still 30: you'll be helping to protect people around you, and you'll hardly notice the difference to your journey.
We're also calling on the government and more local authorities to recognise the need for 20mph, and the huge demand for safe walking and cycling, and GO 20."