ENERGY firm staff put their power to good use in a charity trek between two rival football grounds.
The workers, from Southern Electric’s base in Havant, hiked from the gates at Fratton Park to St Mary’s stadium in Southampton.
The trek was organised in aid of sports charity Kick4Life.
Staff invited their friends and family to join them on the 22-mile walk yesterday.
Their efforts will raise £1,000 towards helping disadvantaged children in southern Africa.
Chris Bullock was one of the staff members taking part in the walk.
The 28-year-old, of Victoria Road South, Southsea, said: ‘It’s absolutely brilliant.
‘It was a very nice day for it with the sun shining.
‘The charity we are doing this for is linked with football and sports so we thought walking between the two grounds would be appropriate and a good way to raise money for them.
‘We have a good group of people and our target was to try and raise £100 each.’
The group left Fratton Park at 7.30am yesterday.
Their route took them through North End and Hilsea, before reaching Cosham and Portchester.
They then went through Fareham, Titchfield and Park Gate, before reaching Bursledon and passing through Woolston.
The 18 trekkers crossed the Itchen Bridge at about 4.30pm and made it to St Mary’s by 5.30pm.
Walker Alex Bartoszek, 26, of Granada Road, Southsea, said: ‘My friend got me involved in the walk and I thought it was a great idea.
‘Even small amounts of money raised count, because for £10 the charity can do HIV testing on one child.’
Southern Electric staff have set their sights on climbing Mount Kilimanjaro next year, also to help the Kick4Life charity.
Mr Bullock added: ‘A group of us next year want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for the charity too.
‘So this walk today is just a bit of fun and a way for us to do some extra fundraising for them but it’s also a bit of training as well.’
The Kick4Life charity uses the power of football and sports to transform the lives of disadvantaged children in Lesotho, a country in southern Africa.
They aim to tackle HIV through sports-based health education and resting.
Lesotho has the third highest HIV rate in the world with more than 100,000 children orphaned by the disease.