The community’s “brilliant” response to AFC Portchester’s Covid-19 Mutual Support Group has been praised.

Organisers of the group, which aims to support vulnerable people during the coronavirus crisis, have been inundated with offers of support from members of the public who are willing to make deliveries of essential items and help with any errands or problems people in quarantine or self isolating may have.

The first deliveries of food items and other goods have also taken place in the last few days to vulnerable people in the community who needed help.

AFC Portchester chairman Paul Kelly said: “The response we have had since setting up the group has been brilliant.

“We have had so many people coming forward to offer their help, which has been amazing.

“People are also donating food and other items to our cause as well and we have had a number of financial contributions which will be used to help the project’s work.

“Portchester has always been a close knit community and the football club has always found that the public has rallied round with its support when we have needed it.

“This group is showing that our community spirit is still as strong as ever and people are more than willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs it during these difficult times.

“I am so proud of the response people have displayed to what we are trying to do and I am proud that the club is among those leading the efforts to help the community of Portchester.”

There are a number of ways you can get involved with the group.

To volunteer your services to help with deliveries and other tasks, please contact Heather Elston via email at: or call 07427 067713.

If you have food or other items you wish to donate to the project these can be dropped off at the Crest Finance Stadium Monday to Friday between 10am and 11am.

The stadium address is: Wicor Recreation Ground, Cranleigh Road, Portchester, PO16 9DP.

Donations can also be dropped off at any time to Julie or Clint at 215 The Crossway, Portchester, PO16 8NG.

Join the Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest information - click on the following link:

You can also get the latest updates on the group’s Twitter page @afcpcovid19

The football club can also be contacted on 01329 233833.


AFC Portchester
The Crest Finance Stadium
Wicor Recreation Ground
Cranleigh Road
PO16 9DP

+44 (0) 1329 233833