Co-op staff take to the road for dog charity

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SHOP staff are lacing up their walking boots for a worthy cause.

Employees from The Southern Co-operative will walk to each store in Portsmouth to raise money for Canine Partners.

The team of 20 colleagues will be joined by family and friends for the 11-mile challenge to 20 shops. They will collect money along the way from shoppers and passers-by for the West Sussex-based charity, which trains dogs for disabled people.

Phil Hall, store manager at Southern Co-operative’s Tipner store, said: ‘The Portsmouth stores were inspired by the Paralympic Games to hold this event as our charity of the year, Canine Partners, does so much to help people with disabilities be more independent. Everyone taking part has the choice to do the whole walk or do as much or little as they want.’

The relay on Friday, August 31 starts from The Southern Co-operative’s offices at 1000 Lakeside at 9am. For information visit