A GROUP of staff from Southern Co-operatives joined Pompey legends Linvoy Primus and Mick Mellows in a walk to raise money for charity.
The staff and their family and friends took part in a mass walk around the city, heading to different Co-op stores, in a bid to raise money for the Faith and Football Community Leagues.
The walk marks the start of a new partnership between the charity and Co-op shops in the area.
Around 40 people took to the streets on Saturday.
Linvoy said: ‘This is the start of something great for us in Faith and Football.
‘It’s a partnership with Southern Co-operatives and Faith and Football and they wanted to do something else to help.
‘A lot of the colleagues have been involved in Faith and Football in some way through children or friends they know.
‘This is the start of the partnership and we thought we would do a walk to launch it.’
Linvoy said it’s been vital to raise awareness about the charity.
‘We are encouraging young men, women and children to give them an environment to develop, whether it’s in football or reading, or business enterprises,’ he said.
‘We even work in other countries such as Nigeria, Mexico and the Philippines.
‘We really want to encourage children to fulfil the passion within them. We have got more than 200 volunteers who come together to support the children.’
Linvoy added that he was thrilled with the turnout for the walk.
‘I’m really pleased, a lot of these people would have had some sort of contact with Faith and Football,’ he said.
‘It’s great because it just shows not only how much we love it, but how much other people love it because of what they have done.’
Helen Winn, 43, who works at the store in Francis Avenue, said: ‘It’s a good charity and I support Portsmouth.
‘I thought it would be nice to get all the community together and do something nice for charity.
‘It’s good because it helps under-privileged children.’
The leagues were established in 2002 and are open to young people whatever their skill in the field.
There are currently 60 leagues in Portsmouth, Birmingham and Plymouth and they are designed to make football fun, and promote healthy lifestyles and an environment where young people can be encouraged by positive role models.
The Southern Co-operatives are adopting the local leagues and will be volunteering and financially supporting them.
The walk started at The Co-operative Club in Fratton Road at 10am and moved on to Co-op stores in New Road, Tangier Road, Francis Avenue, Winter Road, Eastney Road, Highland Road, Elm Grove, St James’ Road, Isambard Road and Fratton Road before returning to The Co-op club.