HUNDREDS of pounds were raised to help the city's homeless as women came together to swap unwanted clothing in Oxford.

The event was organised by the Sisterhood group, who all attend Hillsong Church together, in response to the rise in homelessness in the city.

More than 100 women attended the church at the Odeon cinema in Magdalen Street, Oxford, bringing their spare clothes, shoes and accessories to switch with others.

There was also live acoustic music, cakes, drinks and a 'candid photo booth' for friends to snap a picture together in their new garb.

Organiser Charlotte Sellers said: "As a group, we have become very aware of the rise of homelessness in our city and decided to do something about it.

"Everyone got in to the spirit of the event and there were lots of clothes which were sorted and presented by our amazing volunteers.

"When we officially opened, there was a rush of women to the clothes rails.

"It was such a great night; seeing women and girls from all different walks of life have a lot of fun together, unite around friendship and a common cause and raise lots of money."

It was part of Sisterhood's summer of activity to 'be the change', encouraging members to get involved in social action across the city.

The event on Monday night raised £469.37 for Edge Housing, a church-based group which offers a home and mentoring for homeless people within the city.

The group works with people overcoming difficulties such as addiction, mental health and broken relationships and support every area of their lives, helping to take them from homelessness to a career and stable accommodation.

Edge Housing's project manager Rachel Parfitt said: "The money raised will go directly to our residents to offer days out to places of their choice.

"While our residents are trying to recover from addictions, relationship breakdowns and a traumatic period in their lives it can seem like one long struggle.

"To offer days out to enjoy new people, sights and experiences can relieve stress, improve mental health and we can show our residents how much we value them and their interests."