Words: Alastair James; pictures: Instagram @sarahnicoleharding
It's been announced that members of Girls Aloud will run a special Race for Life in memory of Sarah Harding, who passed away last year after a battle with breast cancer.
Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts, and Kimberley Walsh will all take part in a 5K run on Sunday 24 July in London's Hyde Park. While Cheryl, Coyle, and Roberts will all run in that event, Walsh will run in a separate one.
Race for Life for Sarah with Girls Aloud members Cheryl, Kimberley, Nadine and Nicola to raise funds for breast cancer research. We’re dedicating a 5k event to Sarah Harding at Hyde Park on 24 July or at home 💕 Find out more: https://t.co/HBSoacBQyI #RaceforLife pic.twitter.com/KAPJ5b6eUo— Race for Life (@raceforlife) June 14, 2022
People who can't attend the London event are being encouraged to do a 5K run near their home.
A gala fundraiser is also being organised to pay tribute to Harding who first revealed her diagnosis in 2020 and died last September aged 39.
Posting on her Instagram stories on Tuesday (14 June) Cheryl said: "So around this time last year when Sarah was really sick, we were all desperately trying to find ways to help her, to comfort her, to do whatever she wanted. You feel so helpless in times like that.
"And one of the only things she really wanted was a gala dinner, so while that is underway and we are doing that, we felt like we could be doing more and we have decided to do Race For Life For Sarah at Hyde Park on the 24 July.
"And I know so many of you wanted to support her, you were helping her all the way through the illness, and we would really love it If you could join us there."
Posting on her Instagram Nicola Roberts added: "Let’s come together and make it a beautiful day for and contribute towards making a difference for other women too," while Walsh said: "It’s an amazing opportunity to come together and celebrate her life and also make a huge contribution to the future outcomes of those affected by cancer."
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Nadine Coyle, who also encouraged people to join in, told OK! Magazine in April that there were plans for the band to reunite in memory of Sarah.
She said Sarah's death "still affects us [the band] deeply, to think about everything that she went through."
The Attitude July/August issue is out now.