Girls Aloud to reunite fulfil late bandmate Sarah Harding's dying wish

Girls Aloud to reunite fulfil late bandmate Sarah Harding's dying wish

10/02/2022

Girls Aloud to reunite to fulfil late bandmate Sarah Harding’s dying wish to host charity gala – but they won’t sing as ‘it doesn’t feel right without her’

  • Girls Aloud will reunite at a charity gala this week to celebrate their late bandmate Sarah Harding after she died from cancer last year 
  • Singers Kimberley Walsh, 40, Cheryl Tweedy, 39, Nadine Coyle, 37, and Nicola Roberts, 36, will fulfil their friend’s dying wish to put on an event to raise funds for a study by Sarah’s oncologist
  • The doctor aims to find out why so many young women die from breast cancer
  • However, the band will not perform at the event, with Kimberley saying: ‘It doesn’t feel right without her’

Girls Aloud will reunite at a charity gala this week to celebrate their late bandmate Sarah Harding after she died from cancer last year.

Singers Kimberley Walsh, 40, Cheryl Tweedy, 39, Nadine Coyle, 37, and Nicola Roberts, 36, will fulfil their friend’s dying wish to put on an event to raise funds for a study by Sarah’s oncologist to find out why many young women die from breast cancer.

The group have invited a number of stars to appear but they will not perform themselves, with Kimberley telling The Sun: ‘It doesn’t feel right without her.

Special moment: Girls Aloud will reunite at a charity gala this week to celebrate their late bandmate Sarah Harding after she died from cancer last year (L-R: Nicola Roberts, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Kimberley Walsh and Cheryl Tweedy seen in 2013)

‘We miss her so much. It’s just so hard to get your head around it — to realise that she’s gone.’

She added: ‘Before Sarah died, we chatted to her and she told us she wanted us to raise as much money as we could for charity.’

Years & Years singer Olly Alexander, 32, Sarah’s St Trinian’s film co-star Ricky Wilson, 44, and pop legend Chrissie Hynde, 71, will take to the stage.

Promise: The singers will fulfil their friend’s dying wish to put on an event to raise funds for a study by Sarah’s oncologist to find out why many young women die from breast cancer (Sarah pictured in 2018)

Cheryl, Nadine and Nicola reunited earlier this year for a charity walk Race for Life for Sarah in London’s Hyde Park.

While Kimberley was unable to attend the Cancer Research UK event as she was out of the country, she took part in the 5K walk remotely. 

It comes after Cheryl said she wants to remember Sarah ‘before her illness’.

Raising funds: Nicola, Cheryl and Nadine reunited earlier this year for a charity walk Race for Life for Sarah in London’s Hyde Park (pictured in July)


Entertainers: Sarah’s St Trinian’s film co-star Ricky Wilson, 44, and Years & Years singer Olly Alexander, 32 will perform at the event

Making music: Pop legend Chrissie Hynde, 71, will also take to the stage at the gala (pictured in 2021)

The pop star was left devastated when her former bandmate died of breast cancer in September 2021 

While Cheryl says it’s ‘hard to shake’ memories of her friend being so unwell, the Fight for this Love hitmaker hopes she can eventually let the dark days ‘recede into the background’.

Cheryl wrote in an article for Vogue: ‘I would like to move forward by remembering Sarah before her illness. 

‘Although memories of that time do exist and are hard to shake, they hold no weight against the light she so brightly shone in the years beforehand.

‘I have many, many more of those years to hold onto, and that is my intention. Her fun, bubbly side, her close-to-the-edge risky side, and her deeply soft and vulnerable side are some of the intricacies that made up Sarah in all of her glory.

‘In the last few days spent with her, we got to laugh, cry, reminisce, cook, watch spiritual programmes (our shared love) and pray together. Those are the parts I will keep in my heart as I let the illness recede into the background.’

Looking back: It comes after Cheryl said she wants to remember Sarah ‘before her illness’ (pictured in June)

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