A CRISIS-hit women's refuge charity which has had its Government funding slashed is holding a musical festival later this month to raise much-needed funds.

Eva Live, which is being held at Saltburn House Hotel in the seaside town on July 13, will donate all proceeds to EVA Women’s Aid in Redcar, which recently had its Government funding withdrawn.

And Darlington-based singer-songwriter Charlea B is performing at the event as a thank you to the charity which helped her when she needed support.

She said: “They were unbelievably helpful and the most kind, caring people I have ever met. I am forever grateful for EVA Women's Aid and I am so happy to now help give back to them and provide some help by performing at this amazing charity event.”

EVA Women’s Aid helped around 1,000 women last year - but in March the charity was told that its bid to renew funding from the Ministry of Justice rape support fund for the 2019/22 period had been unsuccessful.

EVA has received the funding since 2014, which accounts for 15 per cent of its revenue.

It is said to have exhausted all avenues while trying to save its services, and five members of staff could be affected. It was given a three-month extension to allow for for "necessary adjustments" after the funding was removed, something Redcar MP Anna Turley said was "welcomed" but "simply inadequate."

Live music, kid’s activities and a cupcake competition are on offer through the day, with rock bands and reggae DJs keeping the party going into the night.

The musical lineup includes indie-pop starlets The Lulas, rock ‘n’ rollers The Shakin’ Nightmares, singer-songwriter Charlotte Grayson, folk-poppers Harvey, awarding-winning troubadour Joe Solo and Country singer Charlea B.

Activities for children will include face painting, yoga and Tai Chi.

The charity provides a vital service to the Redcar area, providing support to women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence.

Eva Live will start at 10 am on Saturday 13 July. Tickets are on sale at the Saltburn House Bar for £10 or online at www.eventbrite.com. Children under five are free.