Sarah Harding: Stars of music and television pay tribute to singer
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The 39-year-old sadly passed away from terminal breast cancer over the weekend. She confirmed her diagnosis to fans on an Instagram post last year, after discovering symptoms during lockdown. Despite undergoing a mastectomy, chemotherapy and being placed on a ventilator and an induced coma to fight off sepsis in hospital, Sarah’s cancer had spread. Doctors told her in early 2021 that she wouldn’t live until Christmas.
While having a successful singing and songwriting career, the Ascot-born singer, was also credited for her dancing, modelling, and actring, starring in St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold.
But Sarah’s passion for making sure the welfare of dogs across the UK was something she was committed to inbetween her tours and personal life.
In 2018, the Girls Aloud band member teamed up with Blue Cross to launch a national campaign named ‘Paws for Tea’.
She visited the animal charity’s rehoming centre in Lewknor, Oxfordshire where she met with Italian greyhound Gino who was rehomed by Blue Cross in 2015.
All money raised was in support of helping sick, injured and abandoned dogs, cats, small animals that are cared for in the charity’s rehoming centres and animal hospitals.
Speaking to Blue Cross, about her owning several dogs and cats, Sarah said: “My pets are like my best friends and I just couldn’t be without them. After meeting some of the beautiful cats and dogs needing homes at Blue Cross’ Lewknor centre, I’m so proud to be supporting the charity and really hope I can encourage lots of animal lovers to take part in the Blue Cross Paws for Tea campaign.”
“It’s so simple – just get together with your friends or family over a nice brew and a slice of something tasty. You’ll not only have a lovely time, but the money you raise will help Blue Cross change the lives of pets all over the country.
“Go on, pop the kettle on for these wonderful pets! “
Dedicated to her dogs, she was even known for bringing her pups along with her while carrying out Girls Aloud tours around the UK and Ireland.
In 2013, the star was heartbroken and when she discovered that her Frenchie named Yogi, was denied an animal passport for their leg of the tour in Ireland.
So upset by the news, Sarah even forgot the lyrics to hit song Life Got Cold during their Glasgow performance.
In 2012, the late celebrity attended Pup Aid 2012 as a judge with her French Bulldogs, Claude.
The charity event is a dog show run by volunteers who aim to end puppy farming and ban third party puppy dealers.
A campaign to pass ‘Lucy’s Law’, making sure potential dog owners can only choose from a responsible breeder or rescue shelter was also passed in England in April 2020.
Pup Aid posted a tribute following Sarah’s passing on Twitter, saying: “On behalf of the whole Pup Aid team, we’d like to offer our sincere condolences to the family & friends of Sarah Harding at this terribly sad time.
“Sarah attended our first ever fun dog show in Primrose Hill & was an absolutely wonderful dog welfare advocate. #RIPSarahHarding.”
Sarah was often pictured walking her beloved French Bulldogs dogs Claude and Corker around Primrose Hill and other parks around London.
Several images showed her playing with her pups looking happy and lovingly alongside her.
In reference to the north west London park Sarah memorably sings the lyric, from 2009 song “The Promise”, saying: “Here I am, walking Primrose, wondering when I’ll see you again.”
Fans believe that the line from the Brit award-winning song subtly links to the several times where she would walk her dogs.
Sarah rose to fame in late 2002 when she auditioned for the reality television show Popstars: The Rivals on ITV and won a place as a member of the girl group, Girls Aloud, going on to win the show.
Announcing her death, Sarah’s mother, Marie, posted on Instagram: “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.”
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