A KIND-hearted teenager took on a gruelling 19-hour video game marathon to raise much-needed funds for Primrose Hospice.

Kai Watts, from Bromsgrove, decided to take on the challenge after hearing how demand for services at Primrose has surged during the coronavirus pandemic.

The increase in demand comes as the hospice has been forced to cancel fundraising events and close charity shops during lockdown.

The cause is also close to Kai's family as his mum Lisa works as a Family Support and Benefits Adviser at Primrose Hospice and she was proud of how her son came up with the fundraising scheme.

Kai stocked up on drinks and snacks before embarking on the 19-hour marathon, playing games including Overwatch and Call of Duty Black Ops 4.

Hooked to his Playstation from 3pm to 10am, Kai raised £355 for Primrose Hospice.

Kai said: "Cheers to everyone who donated, my target was £200, so to reach this amount I was so pleased."

His proud mum Lisa added: "Well done Kai in completing the 19 hours, and raising this amount of money, cannot wait to see what Kai’s next challenge will be."

Kai's challenge comes as the hospice plans to gradually reopen its much-needed charity shops following the easing of lockdown rules for non-essential retailers.

The Primrose Hospice shop at Headless Cross in Redditch will be the first to reopen its doors when it welcomes customers back on Saturday, July 4.

The team at Primrose are also holding a virtual quiz night on Friday, July 3 via Zoom.

The Big Charity Quiz takes place from 7.30pm and is free to enter, although donations to the hospice would be appreciated.

To take part, email info@primrosehospice.org.