THE Lyme Regis Development Trust has been given a technology boost thanks to a £1,000 donation from Magna Housing Association.

Facilities manager Heather Prior applied for the money from Magna’s community initiative fund to purchase a new computer server, because the trust shared the server with LymeNet in the offices next door.

But now LymeNet, an educational facility for local people, has become part of the trust meaning the application was no longer necessary. The trust was set up in 1998 to promote the economic and social wellbeing of residents in the Lyme Regis area.

Heather Prior said: “We had been very concerned about the back-up situation with the existing server. With the money from Magna, we can expand the capacity of the server, which is a much more robust and sustainable solution.”

Magna is a medium-sized, independent group of housing companies which works with local communities to help people meet their housing needs in Dorset and Somerset. Over the last 12 years, Magna has distributed more than £1million in grants and donations from the community initiative fund, which is managed by a group of residents.

Ken Bodycombe, Magna’s community investment officer, said: “The trust plays an important role in Lyme Regis, providing a number of services such as training and support for local people.

“We are pleased to be working with them for the benefit of our residents and their community.”