Hundreds of individuals joined members of Girls Aloud to participate in a charity run in reminiscence of late bandmate Sarah Harding.
Harding died aged 39 in September 2021, a yr after revealing she had been recognized with breast most cancers, which had unfold to different elements of her physique.
Fellow Girls Aloud stars Cheryl, Nicola Roberts, and Nadine Coyle took half in a 5km Race for Life in London’s Hyde Park on Sunday (24 July) in celebration of Harding’s life and to lift cash for breast most cancers.
The singers donned brilliant pink T-shirts baring the phrases “Race for Life” as they ran collectively via the park.
Kimberley Walsh took half within the race remotely and documented the run on Instagram.
Speaking forward of of the occasion, Cheryl stated she “still can’t quite believe” that Harding is gone.
“To be honest, I’ve never experienced or anticipated this grief,” she stated.
“You know, I’ve lost grandparents when I was younger and I lost a friend when I was younger but nothing like this, the feeling of shock and disbelief and it still lingers now to be honest. I still can’t quite believe it’s real.”
Coyle expressed an analogous sentiment, stating that she had been in “denial” about Harding’s sickness for a very long time.
“This time last year we were actually hanging out,” she stated, including: “We all met up last year. She was there and we were talking and she didn’t even seem that sick.
“I was in denial the entire time and was the friend that was ‘Oh, it’s gonna be all right’, you know, I was completely in denial right up until the day she passed.”
Roberts recalled Harding’s “electric” power, and stated the group “doesn’t feel like Girls Aloud” with out their bandmate.
“Sarah’s energy was like a firework so I feel like that huge difference in energy when she’s not there,” Roberts stated.
“I think that for us right now, we don’t feel like Girls Aloud. We don’t feel like a band without Sarah. She, like I said just now, she was such a huge part of our energy that it doesn’t feel like that.”
The group’s fundraising efforts for breast most cancers charities are set to conclude with a big gala dinner, which can happen later this yr.
Earlier this week, Walsh informed BBC Radio 2’s The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show that grieving Harding is a “daily challenge”.
“It’s crazy to me to think that it’s almost been a year. In September, it’s coming up to a year,” she stated.
“It’s a daily challenge, let’s put it that way, and I think it throws you at the times that you don’t expect it.”
Sharing the information of Harding’s passing final yr, her mom, Marie, stated the singer didn’t wish to be remembered by her sickness.
“It meant the world to Sarah and it gave her great strength and comfort to know she was loved,” she wrote in a press release.
“I know she won’t want to be remembered for her fight against this terrible disease – she was a bright shining star and I hope that’s how she can be remembered instead.”