Swindon's swing lovers have raised thousands of pounds for a domestic abuse support service at the annual High Sheriff's Concert.

More than 200 attendees danced in the aisles of Christ Church in Old Town as Swindon's Swing Birds entertained the crowd with their tunes.

They raised £8,500 for the Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service (SDASS).

Hosted by Dr Olivia Chapple, the High Sheriff of Wiltshire, the concert raises money on behalf of Rotary Cares, the philanthropic division of the Rotary Club of Swindon.

Each year, The High Sheriff of Wiltshire hosts a charity concert on behalf of Rotary Swindon Cares.

The money from this year's event will aid men, women, and children who are suffering from, or trying to escape, domestic abuse in Swindon.

Approximately one in five people will encounter domestic abuse during their lives.

SDASS helps victims and perpetrators to make a positive improvement in their lives.

The funds raised will go towards the charity's community support services, refuge service, and 24/7 telephone advice line.

It typically costs around £357 to provide a victim with a counselling assessment followed by six individual sessions to begin their support journey.

Nicky Alberry, chair of SDASS and the rotary member responsible for organising the concert, said: "This year’s concert was a wonderful evening of music seeing everyone up and dancing in the aisles was fantastic.

"The Swing Birds were great, and we're very grateful to all those who attended, sent donations and advertised in the programme.

“The work that SDASS does across Swindon is imperative in keeping victims of domestic abuse safe and providing women, men, and children with the support they need to regain their lives and live without fear.”

The High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Dr Olivia Chapple, added: “I am so grateful to everyone who bought tickets and generously donated to the concert to make the fundraising evening such a success.

"My thanks also go to the brilliant Swing Birds and everyone who volunteered their time so kindly.

"It’s wonderful to have raised so much to help support the important work of Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service.”

To access help relating to domestic abuse, call the confidential 24/7 helpline, which is always answered by an advisor, on 01793 610610.

Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service operates a purpose-built secure refuge with 22 individual flats which can accommodate lone females or mothers with dependent children and has a dedicated team of trained staff.