A charity night has raised £8,500 to help those affected by domestic and sexual violence in West Cumbria.

Fortitude was the third fundraiser held in aid of Safety Net. The money raised will go towards the provision of therapy, counselling, pre-court therapy and support for children and adults affected by trauma.

The event, held at the Solway Hall, was hosted by Jimmy “Clicko” McClean and Julianne Kelly. There was a mix of live music with West Cumbrian blues rock outfit, The Dean Newton Trio headlining the event, supported by roots blues artist Phil Saunders, Mr Volatile, a rock punk blues influenced band along with sets from vocal artists Jimmy McClean and John Walker.

There was also an auction of over 40 prizes.

Ade Kevern, one of the organisers, said: “Success of events like Fortitude is only made possible through the generosity of people. I would like to thank the wonderful volunteers and staff at the Civic Hall for their tireless work prepping Solway Hall. Many thanks to everyone who came along for giving up your time and for your generosity towards Safety Net.

“A big thank you to all the artists. We were very lucky to get The Dean Newton Trio as headliners this year. Phil Saunders provided something a bit different with his roots blues set which was enjoyed by the audience. “The work Safety Net does goes on quietly in North and West Cumbria and most people will probably not know about them or their work.”

Ade continued: “Domestic and sexual violence has no place in a civilised society, but it is happening in our community and the consequences are far reaching, for not only the victim but also those who support them. “Allowing a traumatised child or adult to disclose in a controlled environment to people who will support you and who you can confide in is so important.

“This is what Safety Net provides.”