STAFF from a Sunderland call centre are hoping to be in peak condition when they take on a gruelling charity challenge.
Michelle Robinson and Alison Huggins, who work at EDF Energy, are set to take part in the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Marie Curie.
The pair have already smashed their original target of £2,000 by £1,000, and are hoping to collect even more before the event at the beginning of May.
Their colleagues at EDF, which is based at Doxford International Business Park, boosted the total by recently holding a dress down day, bake sale and tombola at the office.
Michelle and Alison, both 30 and from Sunderland, will scale three of the highest peaks across the UK, including Snowdon in Wales, which reaches 1,085 metres, England’s Scafell Pike, which reaches 978 metres and Scotland’s Ben Nevis, the highest of the three at 1,344 metres.
Michelle, who has been a customer service advisor at EDF Energy for eight years, said: “Myself and Alison have both lost close relations to cancer, so we wanted to do our bit for Marie Curie, as we believe it is a very important charity.
“I am nervous about doing the challenge as it’s something I have never done before, however, I have been doing a lot of walking and running to prepare for a gruelling couple of days.
“We have already reached our fund-raising target on our just giving page through donations and fund-raising, which is great and gives us even more encouragement to do well in the challenge.”
The event will be a race against time, with a limit of 24 hours to climb all three peaks.
This will be completed over two days to allow travel time between each peak, on May 3 and 4.