Chester-le-Street housing staff sign up for 100km trek

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.

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