NATIONAL Lottery millionaires from across the South West and South Wales have joined forces to host a glitzy Rat Pack-inspired Christmas party for an older people’s music group.

With a combined wealth of more than £24m, the lottery winners, including Dione and Richard Buss, from Bridgwater and Zoe and Nick Hoare, from Salisbury, took group members from With Music In Mind on a trip down memory lane and gave up their time to throw the swanky swing music afternoon at a South Wales hotel.

The party included a Rat Pack themed band with winners on hand to jazz up the venue, serve food and drinks, chat with guests, and even lend their best singing voices to join in renditions of Rat Pack classics.

With Music In Mind runs singing groups for people aged 50 and over, at risk of social isolation, loneliness, or worsening physical or mental wellbeing and has previously received National Lottery funding. The groups are run weekly, led by a musical director and involves singing and socialising. The charity runs four groups in the Vale of Glamorgan area - Cowbridge, Barry, St Athan and Llantwit Major.

Dione Buss, who won £1.8m in October 2013 with her husband Richard, was keen to get involved with the Christmas festivities, and said: “Throughout the year we really enjoy giving our time to projects that benefit local communities, and so we jumped at the chance to be involved in hosting a Christmas party for this group.

“It’s so clear just how much enjoyment the members of With Music In Mind get from their sessions, and it was a joy to be able to chat with them and join in."