The Girls Aloud stars have announced plans to raise money for breast cancer research in honor of their late bandmate Sarah Harding, starting with a run for life in her memory.
Harding died in September 2021, aged 39, after being diagnosed the previous year.
The singer and actress rose to fame with girls aloud next to CherylNicola Roberts, Nadine Coyle and Kimberley Walsh after the hit TV show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002.
Her former bandmates have now announced they are working together to raise money for breast cancer research, saying it was a “poignant and specific wish” from Harding before her death.
Announcing the 5k Race For Life For Sarah event, which will take place in London’s Hyde Park on July 24, Cheryl said in a video on Instagram: “At this time last year when Sarah was really sick, we We were all desperately trying to find ways to help her, to comfort her, to do what she wanted.”
Cheryl said they all felt “helpless” while Harding was sick.
Plans for a fundraising gala are also underway, she added, but they all wanted to do more.
“And I know a lot of you wanted to support her, you helped her through her illness,” she told her 3.5 million followers. “And we’d really love it if you could join us there…if you can’t come, don’t worry. People are doing it virtually too…Hope to see you there.”
Writing on Instagram, Roberts said, “Let’s get together and make it a great day and help make a difference for other women too.”
Walsh said: “We would love for you all to join us and help us fundraise in Sarah’s name. This is an amazing opportunity to come together and celebrate her life and make a huge contribution to people’s future outcomes. affected by cancer.”
In a statement from Girls Aloud about the fundraiser, they said there would be a number of activities planned for 2022, “culminating in a major industry-led gala dinner to be launched in the next few months and which will aim to support Sarah’s wish”.
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Speaking of Race For Life For Sarah, they said it would be a chance for “those who loved and respected Sarah to come together with the rest of the group and celebrate her life.”
Cheryl, Roberts and Coyle will all take part in the event in Hyde Park, with Walsh taking part in a separate event.
Race For Life For Sarah is part of Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life series. You can register on the Race For Life website or by calling 0300 123 0770.
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