Learning disability charity Minstead Trust welcomed supporters back with a picnic party in the beautiful grounds of Minstead Lodge near Lyndhurst on Sunday 11 July.

The Trust supports more than 200 adults with learning disabilities across Hampshire to find work, learn new skills and live in their own homes.

Although social distancing remained in place, guests were able to enjoy a relaxed afternoon filled with cream teas and Pimm’s in the stunning gardens of Minstead Lodge. The Lodge has been closed to the public for over a year due to Covid restrictions so this was a wonderful way to celebrate the easing of restrictions and the warmer weather.

Visitors enjoyed beautiful views of the New Forest from the lodge gardens

Live entertainment was provided by Romsey Ukulele Band and REMbrandt, an REM tribute act. There were also some great prizes up for grabs in the raffle thanks to support from New Forest Hampers and NMPI Digital Incubeta.

The funds raised from the event will help Minstead Trust continue to offer training and support to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities.

As well as direct support for people with learning disabilities, the Trust runs social enterprises Furzey Gardens, Hanger Farm Arts Centre and Minstead Lodge events venue. All of these social enterprises offer work experience for people with learning disabilities.

If you would like to find out more about Minstead Trust or how you can get involved with the charity, please visit www.minsteadtrust.org.uk

Entertainment was provided by the Romsey Ukulele Band and REMbrandt, a REM tribute act

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