A charity has been overwhelmed by the support it has received following an arson attack last Tuesday.

Lancashire Women’s Accrington hub has been made a bespoke door to replace the old fire damaged one as well as receiving enquiries from local businesses offering to help.

The fire started after a waste bin was set alight and also resulted in damage to the guttering and a cracked window.

Kerry Scruton, HR and estates director said: “We’ve had a lovely response from the community around it, we’ve had a few people that have come and offered to quote.

“We’ve had a few people that have come and offered to come and clean away the smoke damage as well from outside and take away the debris for us, which is lovely.”

Mrs Scruton reported that the centre ‘was a mess’ when the damage was discovered with their shed also being broken into.

A company spokesperson added: “We have been fortunate that Derek Duckworth from LA Fabrications Limited has been kind enough to make a bespoke sheeted metal door for us, and kindly came to fit it himself.”

The smell of smoke remains in some of the centre’s therapy rooms meaning they are out of use to avoid harming asthmatic staff.

More than 8,500 women access the charity’s services a year with the aim being that all women are valued and treated as equals.

They offer advice on managing money and improving mental health, as well as being a place to make new friends or learn new skills to gain employment.

A Just Giving page has been set up with nearly £200 donated so far to help repair the damage.

Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident.

To contact Lancashire Women call 0300 3301354 or visit www.lancashirewomen.org to find your nearest centre.