Friday, 14 February 2014

13 Questions with...Sarah Harding

Photo credit to LOOK Magazine / Harry Johnson.

She's a British singer, song-writer, actress, model and dancer. She rose to fame in 2002 when she auditioned to be on the ITV series Popstars: The Rivals in front of a panel of celebrity judges, including Spice Girl Geri Halliwell. She was then crowned a winner and was to be part of British girl group, Girls Aloud for the next ten successful years. Since then, the band have achieved twenty consecutive top-ten singles (including four number!), six platinum studio albums (with two of them reaching number one on the UK charts) AND 5 BRIT Award nominations. 
During the band's break, she embarked on her acting career which included a role in St. Trinian's 2: The Legend Of Fitton's Gold. In 2012, she reunited with Girls Aloud and in 2013 they toured the UK to celebrate the band's tenth anniversary. She recently has become a supporter of Coming Home charity. Here are 13 Questions with...Sarah Harding!

Sarah showing her support at a recent
Coming Home charity event.
Photo credit to Girls Aloud Media.
1. Hello Sarah! So you're a supporter of the 'Coming Home' charity. Please tell us a bit about the charity and its aims. 
Sarah: The charity is aiming to raise money to fund rehousing and resettlement of our brave boys who've returned from war, particularly Afghanistan. The funds assist with adapting houses to suit wounded servicemen and women as well as offering general housing advice. They also provide shared ownership schemes to assist financially with the purchase of a house.

2. What made you want to get involved in this charity?
Sarah: Why wouldn’t I?! Our Armed Forces protect us and risk their lives to keep us safe. I am in a privileged position because of my profile to raise awareness of this charity. Men and women are returning from Afghanistan badly wounded because of the type of warfare they encounter so it's my honour to help.

3. Specially adapted homes cost £150,000 to £300,000, depending on location. How would you encourage people to get involved with this charity?
Sarah: They could organise a fundraising event, or there are a number of ways to donate, either through the website or buying the Coming Home weekly lottery ticket; you never know you might even win!
Photo credit to Girls Aloud Media.

4. What are your top tips on fundraising? Have you ever come across any exciting ways to fundraise? 
Sarah: I donated a 'tea with Sarah Harding' as an auction prize and I had the pleasure of meeting one of my fans whose generous parents bought this gift. There are so many good causes out there you just have to get repeating the message that these braves boys and girls need our help. I think setting yourself a personal challenge like a 10km run of marathon is a great way to fundraise too!

5. Have you met any inspirational servicemen who need help from this charity? 
Sarah: I've met lots. I was invited to the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Birmingham last year for a private visit and I met several young men who were multiple amputees, it was a very humbling experience. I also met a really nice young soldier, Michael Swain, at the launch of Coming Home's lottery, who has gone on to set up his own gym. Very inspirational.

6. How long have you been supporting the Coming Home Campaign?
Sarah: I've been supporting the charity for nearly a year and it is an honour to do so. 

7. You helped launch the Coming Home  Lottery  in October 2013 and you also attended a press conference in April 2013. How did you feel attending these events to support this campaign?
Sarah: When you meet the soldiers who have suffered it really is an experience because they are so positive and amazingly strong, so it was great to offer my support.

8. You've had a lot of amazing opportunities in your time. What do you hope to achieve this year that you haven't already?
Sarah: I'm working very hard of my solo material and I'm looking forward to performing live during 2014.
A photo I took of Sarah when she was on the
Girls Aloud: TEN Tour last year. I had a blast!

9. Do you have any plans on releasing any solo music?
Sarah: Lots! I'm in the studio most days and the tracks are nearly ready. Watch this space! 

10. Do you have any 'good advice' for aspiring singers? 
Sarah: Work hard, never give up. If you have a dream then follow it, it's a very competitive industry but don't let that put you off.

11. What has been the highlight of your whole career? 
Sarah: Winning the Brit award...about time!

12. If you could invite any three celebrities/famous people to attend a dinner party, who would they be?
Sarah: Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and Liam Gallagher...what a party!

13. Do you have a message for all of your Hardcores?

Sarah: I can't wait to be back on tour! heard it here first - Sarah is keen to go back on tour! Thank you to Sarah for the lovely interview. Don't forget to support Coming Home charity by clicking here! You can keep up to date with Sarah by following her tweets on Twitter for updates on her new music and other projects.

Thank you for reading!

- Adam!  

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