Sarah Harding fans raise eye-watering £3K after tragic death of Girls Aloud star
Singer Sarah Harding passed away on Sunday, September 5, aged just 39 following a brave battle with breast cancer that had spread to other parts of her body.
The shocking news came just over a year after the Girls Aloud singer announced she had been diagnosed with the disease, having been told her cancer was terminal.
It was announced by Sarah's mum, Marie Hardman, that she "slipped away" at the family home in Manchester, where she had been living for the past year.
Now, two of Sarah's biggest fans – known as the Sarah Harding Addicts – have raised over £3,000 via a JustGiving page for the hospital that treated the late singer.
During her treatment, Sarah had cared for by staff at The Christie in Manchester, with the Threads songstress describing the medical team as "angels".
Speaking to Daily Star about the pop princess, Natasha and Claire who run Sarah Harding Addicts said: "It doesn't feel real."
Explaining their fundraiser, the pair – who were known to Sarah and throughout the fanbase – continued: "We just wanted to do it to honour her memory, to raise much-needed funds for The Christie's and it gave the fans somewhere to donate and leave a message."
They have since decided that they are considering dedicating a bench to Sarah in her hometown of Manchester as well as London's Primrose Hill – paying homage to Sarah's iconic "Here I am, a walking primrose" lyric from the Girls Aloud song, The Promise.
Natasha and Claire have been fans of Sarah throughout her career before opening their fan page in 2006, later becoming pals with the star.
They described Sarah as an "incredibly talented, charismatic, down to earth, kind and beautiful person". adding "she put her heart and soul into everything she did and she always shone so brightly, especially when she was on stage performing, she was the heart and soul of every Girls Aloud concert".
Announcing the death, Sarah's mum said: "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."
Marie continued: "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."
You can donate to the JustGiving fund in memory of Sarah, here.
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