A HAMPSHIRE woman has taken on an unusual challenge – singing at 22 venues in 24 hours.

Kim Garner from Romsey sacrificed sleep to sing to complete the challenge, in aid of 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 a day later.

She described the experience as “incredible”.

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 dreamt up the unusual idea to raise money for Children in Need.


Kim 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.”

The Priory Hospital Southampton, where Kim works, gave her a paid day off to complete the event.

She began at the Star pub in Romsey at 8.30pm, then to 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.


She performed at Tesco in Salisbury, McDonald’s in Ower, McDonalds M27, Southampton Central Station, Kat’s Kafe in Eastleigh, Southampton General Hospital, Porsche in Portsmouth, Lakeland Business Park, Portsmouth Harbour Station, Southampton Airport, Santander Romsey, Romsey Rapids, Chilworth Golf Club, West Quay shopping centre and Skylark Golf & Country Club.

She then finished with a performance at the BBC studios in Southampton at 7pm.