Girls Aloud Are Reuniting In A Race For Life Honouring Sarah Harding

Three former band mates will be taking part in the race in July.

by Sophie McEvoy and Rachel Mantock
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Girls Aloud on stage during their final tour in 2013
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Girls Aloud are set to reunite in honour of Sarah Harding, who passed away at the age of 39 in September 2021 after battling breast cancer. The remaining former bandmates, — Cheryl (born Cheryl Tweedy), Nadine Coyle, and Nicola Roberts (but not Kimberly Walsh, who just gave birth to her third child) — will take part in “Race for Life for Sarah” on Sunday, Jul. 24. As part of the annual Race for Life marathon series, where a 5km run kicks off in Hyde Park, all funds raised from ‘Race for Life for Sarah’ will go to Cancer Research UK.

On Jun. 14, Cheryl took to her Instagram Stories to reveal more details of the fundraising campaign. “Around this time last year when Sarah was really sick we were all desperately trying to find ways to help her, to comfort her… you feel so helpless in times like that and one of the only things she really wanted was a gala dinner,” she said. “We felt like we could be doing more and we decided to do Race for Life for Sarah”.

She went on to say, “I know so many of you wanted to support her, you were helping her all the way through the illness and we’d really love it if you could join us there. Come, walk with us for 5 miles, if you can’t make it, don’t worry. People are doing it virtually too.”

Previously, Coyle told OK! the band wanted to “help others” as a tribute to the late Harding. “We want to raise money for a piece of medical equipment that helps diagnose cancer earlier so people can be treated,” she added.

Coyle opened up about how the group came to terms with Harding’s diagnosis, which the singer received only a year before she died. “When she became unwell, a lot of my energy became focused on her,” she said. “There were suddenly so many things happening that were more important than anything else. It was a time to be around loved ones and support them. Her passing has just been so devastating.”

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Girls Aloud, something that Coyle took note of two months after Harding’s passing. “It is so surreal to me to think about Girls Aloud as a four. It is still raw,” she told The Mirror. “But it is our 20th anniversary next year… I am proud of everything we achieved together as a band.”

You can join Girls Aloud at “Race for Life for Sarah” on Sunday, Jul. 24 at Hyde Park, by signing up here. All entry fees go to Cancer Research UK.

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