Generous owner gives classic BMW to college

East Durham College pincipal, Suzanne Duncan, car owner Diane Borsberry and Technical Academy Centre manager Rob Hutchinson.
East Durham College pincipal, Suzanne Duncan, car owner Diane Borsberry and Technical Academy Centre manager Rob Hutchinson.
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Students have the chance to pimp up their ride with a top classic car.

Would-be mechanics at East Durham College can get hands on experience thanks to the generosity of a County Durham woman.

It was such a shame to see the car going to waste.

Diane Borsberry

The Technical Academy’s motor vehicle maintenance department took delivery of the top spec BMW 850CSI, which was kindly donated by Diane Borsberry.

Diane, who is unable to drive due to medical reasons, was disappointed to see the car being left unused and wanted to see it go to a good home.

She called the team at The Technical Academy who were delighted to take it off Diane’s hands to use for training purposes with their motor vehicle students.

Now the students and staff are busy returning the car to its former glory at the Peterlee-based campus on the town’s South West Industrial Estate.

Staff invited Diane into the academy to see the work they had done on the car so far and to meet the students, who gave her a tour of the facility and presented her with a bouquet of flowers to thank her for her incredibly kind donation.

Diane, who lives in Trimdon Grange, praised the team at the Academy and hopes the car can be a help to students’ training.

She said: “It was such a shame to see the car going to waste. It was a top of the range car when I first bought it and it would be great to see it up and running and back in full working order. It just seemed such a waste to have the car sat going to nothing, so I wanted it to go to good use. Hopefully it can be a great learning resource for students who study at The Technical Academy and more use here for the lecturers and students than sat on my drive at home.”

Rob Hutchinson, The Technical Academy Centre Manager, added: “We can’t thank Diane enough for this very kind donation.

“This car really is special, and unlike anything our students have had the opportunity to work on before, even the staff members are excited about working on it.

“We are now hoping to get the car back to its former glory, making sure every detail is covered to get the car back to perfect working order.”