Kimberley Walsh pays tribute to Sarah Harding on one year anniversary of Girls Aloud singer's death

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6 Sep 2022, 13:04

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It's hard to believe it's been a whole year since the music world lost Sarah Harding —  but her Girls Aloud bandmate Kimberley Walsh has marked the anniversary of her sad passing to breast cancer on 5 September, aged 39.

Kimberley shared an emotional post and picture of Sarah on her social media and wrote: "Sarah passed away a year ago. I can still hardly believe it to be honest but it feels more real than ever today. Thinking of her always and of everyone who loved and miss her too."

Former Sugababes singer Heidi Range commented: "Sending love to you and Sarah’s loved ones."

Michelle Collins wrote: "So, so sad too young., thinking of you all x."

Gethin Jones added:  "Thinking of you Kimba x."

Peter Andre marked the sad day and wrote in his OK! magazine column: "It was such a shock when Sarah died, but what I love about the Great British public is that when a terrible situation like this happens and someone so loved passes, people put all their love and support behind the family.

"Sarah was a very loved person, she will never be forgotten. I hope her family have been able to in some way come to terms with their loss. It’s such a terrible thing to have happened to someone so young."

Last year, Sarah's mother Marie announced the sad news and wrote: "It’s with deep heartbreak that today I’m sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away.

"Many of you will know of Sarah’s battle with cancer and that she fought so strongly from her diagnosis until her last day.

"She slipped away peacefully this morning. I’d like to thank everyone for their kind support over the past year. It meant the world to Sarah and it gave her great strength and comfort to know she was loved.

"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."

Girls Aloud's Cheryl, Nadine, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley reunited - for the first time in nine years - in July to take part in Race for Life for Sarah to raise money for breast cancer.

An emotional Cheryl shared: "To be honest, I've never experienced or anticipated this grief. 

"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.

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"I asked her so much to give me something I could do to make her happy or comfortable, anything at all.

"Towards the end, she asked me to create a gala in her honour to fund a crucial study that her doctor was working on so I am committed to doing just that."

Nadine added: "She talked to us all about this several times. Sarah felt really passionately about wanting to help other people in the same situation as her, or who could be at risk of finding themselves in the same situation she was in.

"She really wanted to do some fundraising herself, but sadly just wasn't well enough, so we promised her we would do it for her.

"She'd have loved the Race For Life – she'd have loved to have been involved."