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Funding boost for charity as initiative gathers pace

Melanie Magee, director of community at Falcons Community Foundation, with Carlo Del Fava, former Falcons player, Italian International and Falcons Community Foundation Champion, after being presented with the cheque. Picture Chris Lishman

Melanie Magee, director of community at Falcons Community Foundation, with Carlo Del Fava, former Falcons player, Italian International and Falcons Community Foundation Champion, after being presented with the cheque. Picture Chris Lishman

A Ponteland businessman’s campaign aimed at an automotive giant has resulted in a £5,500 cheque being written out to a North East charity.

The global initiative for frustrated Porsche customers started after the manufacturer said it would replace the engines in its halo GT3 model following news of the cars catching fire.

Sunil Mehra founded and co-ordinated the consumer action group, which was devised to get the German company to treat its customers fairly.

They were being compensated differently according to where they live and, if they lived in the UK, were not offered any compensation other than a 12-month warranty.

Following pressure from the group, Porsche Cars GB agreed to offer its ‘Porsche Value’ package to affected customers so they can be compensated in a more consistent manner. Mr Mehra has now donated the £5,500 he received to the (Newcastle) Falcons Community Foundation.

The campaign has so far captured the attention of more than 130 members with cars worth over £15million from 13 countries.

Mr Mehra said: “It was never about the money, but the principle of simply respecting people’s consumer rights and treating them fairly irrespective of where they live.”

 

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