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Cheltenham gas explosion: appeal for donations

The explosion happened in Rosehill Street on 10th May Credit: ITV News

An appeal's been launched for donations to help residents whose homes were damaged by a gas explosion in Cheltenham.

The two properties either side of the house that blew up on Rosehill Street are being pulled down in an operation that's expected to take up to three weeks.

Eleven other properties were severely damaged in the blast, which happened on 10th May.

Some of the affected families are in hotels and rented accommodation.

Local residents are asking companies to see whether they can donate anything that can help. They are also planning a street party.

Betty Hodgkis, 81, whose house was destroyed in the blast, is still recovering in hospital.