GIRLS ALOUD TOOK PART IN 5K RACE TO HONOR LATE SARAH HARDING IN HYDE PARK
Girls Aloud team up to honor Sarah Harding at the Race for Life 5K race.
The Girls Aloud actors Cheryl, Kimberley Walsh, Nadine Coyle, and Nicola Roberts came together today to remember Sarah Harding, a late band member.
The foursome participated in a particular Race for Life for Sarah 5k to honor Harding’s life and support breast cancer research.
Less than a year after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis that progressed to other parts of her body, the beloved singer passed away in September of last year at 39.
Cheryl, Nadine, and Nicola joined other runners in Hyde Park today, while Kimberley participated virtually because she was away from London this weekend.
In support of their friend, the singers wore matching t-shirts while hundreds of spectators cheered on the three celebrities as they participated in the run. Many of the spectators had pink hair colored, wigs, and tutus on.
Before lining up on the starting line, the trio posed for pictures while putting on brave faces.
To make Kimberley feel included in the day’s events, Nicola also found time to talk with her through Instagram Live.
Before the show, Cheryl revealed she was still having trouble accepting the reality of her bandmate Sarah Harding’s passing.
She admitted, “Honestly, I’ve never felt or anticipated this pain. “You know, I’ve lost friends and grandparents when I was younger, but nothing like this, the feeling of shock and disbelief, which, to be honest, is still with me today. I still struggle to accept it as reality.
It hasn’t even been a year since I was asked if a Girls Aloud reunion without Harding may be possible. She doesn’t seem to have left at all.
Before the event, Kimberley stated that one of Sarah’s last desires was to raise money for cancer research.
The organization, commemorating its 20th anniversary this year, will join forces for the event, according to Kimberley, who called it a “special moment” for the group.
I’m looking forward to feeling a little more connected to Sarah at that time, she continued.
“I know that sounds crazy, but sometimes I just feel like I’m close to her again, and I just adore that, and I cherish those moments,” she said.
This month, Kimberley and Nicola spoke about the “daily hardship” of grieving their friend’s passing on BBC Radio 2’s The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show.
“I find it absurd to imagine that practically a year has passed. It will be one year in September.
Let’s put it this way: “It’s a daily challenge, and I think it throws you when you least expect it.”
The singer said that songs and food could sometimes bring her to tears, but she also said that she finds comfort in these moments since she does not want to lose these memories of Harding.
Nicola concurred that the group is “still in shock” over the passing of her ex-bandmate, stating that “never in your wildest fantasies could you have dreamed that it would have gone this way.”
The girl group was founded in 2002 on the television program Popstars: The Rivals, and they went on to make popular songs, including Sound Of The Underground and The Promise.
As a result of Sarah’s passing, they had previously stated that they did not feel comfortable commemorating the group’s 20th anniversary. However, Roberts highlighted that the charity run was an excellent opportunity for them to come together.
This was the ideal opportunity for everyone to come together for Sarah, so it is in her memory, which is what she wanted us to do, the woman said. “I think for us, we felt so uncomfortable to do anything in terms of a performance or an event in that way without her. That just doesn’t feel OK to us.”
Sarah’s mother broke the heartbreaking news of her passing on social media in September last year.
In a statement, Marie Harding said: “I’m bringing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away with tremendous grief today.
“Many of you will be aware of Sarah’s cancer fight and how she fought valiantly from the time of her diagnosis until the day she passed away. She quietly disappeared this morning.
“I’d want to express my gratitude to everyone for their thoughtful support throughout the past year. Knowing she was loved meant the world to Sarah, providing tremendous strength and comfort.