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Huddersfield mother is 'mum of the year'

A mother who set up a voluntary organisation to support small charities has been named Tesco Mum of the Year. Kate Hardcastle, aged 36 from Huddersfield, organised a charity concert in 2006 - only for Smokey Robinson to send a video message and Martha Reeves to perform.

“I decided to create Charity Dreamgirls as a way to bring people together to be able to do something to help raise awareness of smaller charities. There are 180,000 charities in the UK – all competing for the public’s attention and money. If you are a smaller charity, how do you get yourself heard? I knew I could bring my skills from the corporate world to support these lesser-known charities and create fun events people would want to get involved with.”

– Kate Hardcastle, mum of the year

She went on to found 'Charity Dreamgirls' an organisation that continues to run suimilar events. Kate’s next campaign – supported by Charity Dreamgirls – is called Positive Image and aims to tackle the problems surrounding bullying.