MANY have been running fundraising activities for this year’s BBC Children in Need, but a Romsey resident has gone further than most.

Kim Garner sacrificed sleep to sing at 22 venues in 24 hours to raise money for Children in Need.

The 59-year-old, alongside a group of friends, began her whirlwind concert tour on November 15 and finished up at the BBC South TV studios on November 16.

Kim, who is a social worker and has been singing for six years, was supported en route by guest singers and a team of volunteers shaking buckets.

She said: “I thought it was a wonderful idea, I had the most amazing people with me. It was incredible.”

She sang more than 100 songs in 24 hours, including Come fly with me and Cheek to Cheek by Frank Sinatra, Dancing in the Street and Let’s Stay Together.

Kim raised £2,800 but said the total is rising.

“It certainly exceeded what I was hoping for. The support from the community has been incredible, everyone has been absolutely fabulous,”Kim said.

She added: “I work in the health industry with children and in times of austerity everybody pulling together to do what they can for children is what being human is all about.”

Local businesses supported the Gigathon, and the Priory Hospital Southampton, where Kim works, gave her a paid day off to complete the event.

All of the 22 venues donated their space.

She began at the Star pub in Romsey at 8.30pm to then sing at the Tudor Rose in Romsey, The Southampton Arms in Moorgreen, Simons at Oxfords and Odeon Southampton.

On November 16 she started at Grosvenor Casino at midnight and finished at the BBC studios in Southampton at 7pm.