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Minstead Trust launches 48-hour fundraiser following damage from storms Eunice and Franklin

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A CHARITY which supports people with learning disabilities and autism has launched a mini fundraiser to help repair damage caused by storms Eunice and Franklin.

Minstead Trust, which helps around 200 people achieve greater independence, as well as providing training and work experience opportunities issued an appeal for help on social media on Monday.

A spokesperson said: "The storms have brought down several large trees at Minstead Lodge, which has caused damage to the building and grounds and closed the day opportunities [service].

The storms brought down trees at Minstead Lodge
The storms brought down trees at Minstead Lodge

"Please support our 48-hour flash fundraiser to raise funds to go towards the extensive costs of the urgent clean up operation. You can help the people we support get back to their day opportunities as soon as possible."

The charity's day service provides a safe and supported environment for those attending to learn new skills and make new friends. Activities include woodwork, dance, ceramics, horticulture and cycling.

Damage was caused to the building and grounds
Damage was caused to the building and grounds

As previously reported in the A&T, the Met Office issued a rare red weather warning as Storm Eunice brought gusts of around 90mph to the area on Friday.

A yellow Met Office warning for wind remained in place on Monday as Storm Franklin continued to make its presence felt.

To donate visit http://ow.ly/sRvB50I0nHc

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