A SINGER from Basingstoke has held a live concert in aid of a Hampshire hospice.

Natasha Watts took to Instagram and Facebook earlier this month to entertain the hundreds of people that tuned in.

In total, 3,500 people have since viewed the performance and have raised £1,150 for St Michael’s Hospice.

That is the equivalent of 57 hours of specialist nursing care to a patient and their family.

For Natasha, there was a personal reason behind her support for the event - her mother passed away at St Michael’s in 2008 after a short battle with cancer.

Since then, the singer has been supporting the hospice with an annual donation, as well as raising money for the Ark.

“It was an absolute pleasure to perform for St Michael’s Hospice on 2nd May,” Natasha said.

“I am a local girl who has experienced first-hand what this amazing charity can do for people.

“Sadly, I lost my mother back in 2008 and St Michael’s Hospice was without doubt an essential part of making us cope so much better with the loss we had.

“I would sing for these guys every week if it helped them raise more money.”

St Michael’s Hospice chief executive, Iain Cameron, said: “I was so surprised when Natasha contacted me on Twitter.”

“I hadn’t spoken to her in years, so we had quite a bit to catch up on.

“This really was fantastic support for the Hospice, not just from a fundraising perspective, but many staff tuned in to hear Natasha sing which raised morale.

“It was a really uplifting and moving performance and it felt like so many people were coming together to support the Hospice.

“I can’t thank Natasha enough for putting the evening on and sharing her special talent with us all whilst raising funds that are need now more than ever.”

St Michael’s Hospice provides high-quality palliative care for patients across North Hampshire.

Based in Basingstoke, the hospice, which is a registered charity, provides in-patient, day care and community care team services, as well as a growing range of outpatient services.