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Sarah Harding: Girls Aloud stars Cheryl, Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts take part in Race for Life in memory of bandmate | Ents & Arts News

Girls Aloud stars Cheryl, Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts led runners in a special Race for Life event in memory of their co-star Sarah Harding.

Hundreds of people, many wearing pink wigs and tutus, took part in the 5km Race for Life for Sarah around London’s Hyde Park.

Harding died aged 39 last September – a year after revealing she had an aggressive form of breast cancer.

She documented her journey with the disease in an autobiography released in March 2021 titled Hear Me Out.

In it, she explained how she decided to go public with the disease to encourage others to seek help – who might not have otherwise due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Sunday, Cheryl told fellow runners she was still struggling to believe Harding was gone.

“You feel so helpless, you’ve never felt so hopeless, it’s terrible,” she added.

“So the fact that she had one request that we can fulfill is great for us because it just feels like we’re doing something.”

Coyle added that she was “in denial” after her death, which Roberts said made the whole group “worried”.

Cheryl, Nicola Roberts and Nadine Coyle

One attendee, Megan, who lost her grandfather and a close family friend to cancer, said on Twitter: “I was devastated to hear Sarah passed away from cancer.

“I realized that cancer can affect anyone, it doesn’t matter how successful or famous you are.

“I grew up listening to Girls Aloud and Sarah was my favourite. So when I saw the ad for the Race for Life for Sarah event, I immediately knew it was something I could do.”

Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh was absent but said she would take part in another such event.

Sarah Harding arriving at the Pride of Britain Awards 2013 at Grosvenor House, London
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Sarah Harding pictured in 2013

A major ‘industry-led’ fundraising gala to take place later this year

Earlier this year, the four women revealed they would face a series of events to raise money for cancer research.

They will conclude with a “major industry-led gala dinner… aimed at supporting Sarah’s wish”, the singers said in a statement.

Read more:
How Sarah Harding became one of Britain’s brightest pop stars
Sarah Harding’s life in pictures

Last month’s cancer fighter Dame Deborah James died after raising more than £7m for Cancer Research with her Bowel Babe fund.

The former headmistress launched the crowdfunding when she announced she was moving into a home care hospice.

Sarah Harding: Girls Aloud stars Cheryl, Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts take part in Race for Life in memory of bandmate | Ents & Arts News

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