By Gemma Bradley PA
Members of Girls Aloud will run a special Race For Life to honour their late bandmate Sarah Harding’s wish that they raise money for breast cancer research.
Cheryl, Kimberley Walsh, Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts will be fundraising throughout this year, including a 5km running event named the Race For Life For Sarah, which aims to celebrate Harding’s life as well as raising money.
The singer died aged 39 in September last year, after revealing that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, which had spread to other parts of her body.
Race for Life for Sarah with Girls Aloud members Cheryl, Kimberley, Nadine and Nicola to raise funds for breast cancer research. We’re dedicating a 5k event to Sarah Harding at Hyde Park on 24 July or at home 💕 Find out more: https://t.co/HBSoacBQyI #RaceforLife pic.twitter.com/KAPJ5b6eUo
— Race for Life (@raceforlife) June 14, 2022
The 5km event will take place on Sunday July 24th at Race for Life in Hyde Park, London, and Race For Life For Sarah will begin at 11.30am as a special addition, and will be attended by Cheryl, Coyle and Roberts.
Walsh will be completing the 5km at her home, and those who cannot make it to London for the event are encouraged to do a Race for Life at Home for Sarah, at their convenience.
Posting on her Instagram story, Cheryl said: “So around this time last year when Sarah was really sick, we were all desperately trying to find ways to help her, to comfort her, to do whatever she wanted.
“You feel so helpless in times like that.
“And one of the only things she really wanted was a gala dinner, so while that is under way and we are doing that, we felt like we could be doing more and we have decided to do Race For Life For Sarah at Hyde Park on the 24 July.
“And I know so many of you wanted to support her, you were helping her all the way through the illness, and we would really love it If you could join us there.”
Roberts and Walsh published the poster for the event on their Instagram pages.
Roberts’ caption read: “Come and join us at Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life for Sarah in Hyde Park On Sunday the 24th of July.
“In memory of Sarah, together we’ll raise money for Vital breast cancer research.
“Let’s come together and make it a beautiful day for and contribute towards making a difference for other women too.
“‘Race for Life for Sarah’ Hyde Park London 11:30am. x”
Walsh wrote: “I have some really amazing news to share. Me and the girls have teamed up with cancer Research UK to raise money for breast cancer research projects and one in particular that Sarah really wanted to help fund.
“There will be a ‘Race For Life For Sarah’ which will take place at Hyde Park on July 24 at 11.30am and everyone is welcome.
“It’s a 5k race you can run or walk and if you can’t be in London on this date you can take part remotely from wherever you are.
“We would love for you all to join us and help us raise money in Sarah’s name.
“It’s an amazing opportunity to come together and celebrate her life and also make a huge contribution to the future outcomes of those affected by cancer.
“We hope you will sign up and share this moment with us.
“You can sign up here: www.raceforlife.org will add this link to my bio.”
The event is non-competitive, and participants can run, walk or jog the 5km route.
Race For Life For Sarah is part of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life event series, in partnership with Tesco.
The fundraising efforts will conclude with a large gala dinner later in the year.
Sign up to Race For Life For Sarah at raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.