FRIENDS are joining forces and pulling on their boots to help beat cancer.
These charity champs are part a 117-strong group which will be tackling the 15-mile walk from Seaham Harbour to South Shields.
Although the event does not take place until May, organiser Colin Jarvis is hoping to recruit even more walkers to raise as much money as possible for charity.
All proceeds from the walk will be divided between two good causes – with 60 per cent going to Cancer Research and 40 per cent going to the historic Hillside Cemetery in Houghton.
Colin, from Chilton Moor, decided to organise the event after a friend died from cancer aged just 44. He is also a member of the Friends of Houghton Hillside Cemetery.
He has recruited fellow beauty experts to get involved, with staff from Sunderland firms Cutz Hair Group and Consol Suncenter agreeing to take part.
And the walkers will have an extra incentive to join the trek, as it will finish with a hearty meal at Paprika Indian restaurant in Ocean Road, South Shields.
The 47-year-old, who runs Nutters hairdressers in High Street West, Sunderland, is training for the walk by taking long strolls with Morgan, his Alaskan Malamute dog.
He said: “Cancer Research has offered places for 12 people to go to the centre in Newcastle and show us where the money is being used, which is great as it means what we raise is being kept in the North East.
“If people want to contact me I will give them all the information and sponsorship forms should be ready in April.”
Anyone interested in taking part can contact Colin at Nutters salon on 567 5830.