Pompey fan offers £1,500 to pay off charity cash debt

DONORS Peter McGreal, left, and his business partner Dave Ayling of Straightpoint at Havant
DONORS Peter McGreal, left, and his business partner Dave Ayling of Straightpoint at Havant
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BUSINESSMAN Peter McGreal is calling on local firms to help pay off the charities owed cash by Pompey.

The News revealed yesterday how £8,400 is still outstanding to six charities, dating back to before the club went into administration in February.

The money relates to a £2 admin fee placed on tickets bought on matchdays from October to December 2011.

Now Pompey fan Mr McGreal, who runs Straightpoint in Havant with business partner David Ayling, is willing to put forward £1,500 of his firm’s own money to help pay the organisations back. And he wants the region’s businesses to follow suit and help make up the outstanding amount.

Mr McGreal said he was ‘absolutely disgusted’ to hear the news.

He said: ‘I’m a season ticket holder and have been for many years.

‘I just want to see if we can make a contribution to what’s happened. We’re absolutely disgusted.

‘We want to see if other businesses in the area would be willing to put enough money together and offer it as a goodwill gesture. We’re not happy at all about this.’

PKF, the club’s administrator, confirmed the charities still owed money include the Pompey Sports and Education Foundation, The Rainbow Centre, Help the Hospices and U Support.

Mr McGreal’s firm, which is based at Dakota Park in Downley Road, was established 30 years ago and specialises in the design and manufacture of crane equipment.

It has won the Exporter of the Year award at The News’ Business Excellence Awards for two years running.

He added: ‘With what’s going on we’re staggered to see what’s happened again – it’s beyond belief.

‘It’s a sorry situation to have it happen for a second occasion in such a short period of time.

‘This is a genuine offer. If I had the money I would put it all in myself.

‘It’s all well and good getting the fans to put in money but I’m thinking we now all have to work as a community to pay it back.

Mr McGreal and Mr Ayling are interested to hear from businesses who can contribute towards their idea.

To find out how you can get involved, e-mail pmcgreal@straightpoint.com