That time of year is upon us when it’s time for new beginnings, children are leaving school, teens are leaving college and young adults leaving university to start a new chapter in their lives. Leaving behind Friends is one of the hardest things to cope with, but just because you’re not with them every day, doesn’t mean your friendship will dissolve.
Kate Hardcastle, Hannah Cygan-Wrobleski and Lisa Roberts were three girls united by their love for music who went on to become semi-professional singers in a band and, eventually, organise a charity concert and sing alongside Martha Reeves.
The three girls were 13 when they met after joining a band as part of an afterschool project. They have completely different personalities and interests, but bonded over their love of music.
Through the band, the girls got the confidence they had lacked previously, Kate from being bullied at school, and Hannah from being raised by a single parent.
This confidence sparked the start of things to come for, what would be, the lifelong Friends. At the age of 16, Kate took what had been a school band and transformed it into a genuine success. She gained contracts with SKY TV and other fashion and venue brands.
By the age of 18, the girls were still in education but also began touring the UK in the hope of bigger and better thing.
Unfortunately, after much trouble with the band, the girls went their own separate ways and formed their own bands to remain successful as semi-professional musicians. Despite this, all the girls stayed friends and when they all had turned 30, Kate rang them with a plea.
Kate, who had gone on to become a successful business woman and philanthropist, asked Hannah and Lisa to, instead of buying her any gifts, invest the money on hiring the theatre and reforming for a charity concert.
Kate wanted to make this a massive success and so wrote to 700 household names asking them to come and perform at the concert. Amazingly, Martha Reeves responded and flew in all the way from Detroit to perform, alongside the three best friends Kate, Hannah and Lisa.
The concert was a huge success and sparked interest from national media and a huge interest from the local community. The Charity Dreamgirls were born.
The Charity Dreamgirls make it their mission to support lesser known charities and help raise awareness, and with the Charity Dreamgirls in their 5th year now, business is booming.
They’ve gained support from Geri Halliwell, Alexandra Burke and Peter Jones and continue to put on an annual concert for charity where Kate, Hannah and Lisa all perform together.
Although each went their separate ways, spending 10 years apart, they still remain friends to this day and it shows that if someone is a true friend, they’ll last a lifetime.
To find out more about the Charity Dreamgirls and their amazing story, go to charitydreamgirls.co.uk and insightwithpassion.co.uk.