A GROUP of Swindon singers have agreed to support the town’s community radio station with proceeds from their next show.

Called The Cast of Stage Struck, the group will raise money for Swindon 105.5 by donating a large portion of the proceeds.

Grace Cruttenden, Michelle MacClay and her daughter Caitlin visited the station’s headquarters in Liden to speak to director Shirley Ludford and record songs and interviews to be broadcast over the airwaves.

Grace said: “Shirley’s always supported us as a group ever since we started five years ago, so we thought it was our turn to support her.

“We’ve been singing together long before this started, we were in the StageStruck company for 30 years together. When it closed, we decided to carry on with a slightly different name. It’s a family affair - our mums and dads come to sessions to help out and there are four families in our 14 members.”

Previous concerts by the amateur dramatic performance group have raised £1,000 for Calm last May and £1,500 for Twigs in December. The singers aim to raise at least £1,000.

Michelle said: “The work Swindon 105.5 does for the town is amazing and impressive and they’re so friendly.”

Shirley said: “I was chuffed to bits when I heard they had unanimously decided to support us. They are a great group and I love the way they involve different aspects of the community, which is very much like our own ethos.

“It was great to have them here and hear some of their stories. We are really excited about the concert and thrilled that the money raised will go towards covering the costs of running the station and helping us host the many off-air training services and projects that people here enjoy.”

The Cast of Stage Struck meets twice a week to rehearse for concerts and its singers are keen for the group to grow.

Caitlin said: “We love having new people joining us and we’ve had quite a few new people coming along. It’s a great time and it’s a lot of fun to have a break from the day and just sing. After the May concert, we go straight into rehearsing our Christmas show, so we’ll be singing carols in June!”

They will perform their Just Monkeying Around show at the Immanuel Church on Upham Road on Saturday May 18 at 3pm and 7pm. Guests can expect a family show full of comedy, dancing and songs. Tickets cost £10 per adult and £5 per child.

To book tickets or for more information about joining the group, call 07596 151051.