Girls Aloud members to host fundraising gala in honour of Sarah Harding
Girls Aloud are set to host a fundraising gala for cancer research next month in honour of their late former girl band member – Sarah Harding.
The Primrose Ball will be held at The Londoner hotel in central London on October 8, with many special guests due to make an appearances.
Olly Alexander is set to perform, and there is set to be a live auction which includes an original canvas depicting the pop star by artistic duo the Connor Brothers.
The Girls Aloud group are hoping the charity gala will raise funds for the Christie NHS Foundation Trust and Cancer Research UK, as part of the Sarah Harding Breast Cancer Appeal.
Sarah died aged 39 last September after revealing she had breast cancer which had spread to other parts of her body.
Cheryl, Kimberley Walsh, Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts will host the event, with Fearne Cotton presenting and broadcaster Johnny Gould hosting the auction.
Among the performers honouring Sarah and raising money for charity will be Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson and The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde, along with Years & Years singer Alexander.
The Primrose Ball has been organised at the request of Harding and named after her lyrics from their hit song The Promise where she sings “here I am walking Primrose”.
The former Girls Aloud members confirmed the news in a heartfelt statement: “We are so grateful to The Londoner for hosting the Primrose Ball at their wonderful hotel.
“Charles Oak, hotel director of The Londoner, and Sarah had a very special bond and holding her gala evening there will make the night even more special.
“Our hope is to raise a huge amount of money that will hopefully prevent other people finding themselves in the same terrifying situation Sarah found herself in.”
This will not be the first action the group have taken to pay tribute to Sarah. In July, the singers took part in a 5k charity run, titled Race For Life For Sarah, to celebrate Harding’s life and raise money for breast cancer.
The Sarah Harding Breast Cancer Appeal aims to fund research to identify new ways to predict which young women, with no family history of breast cancer, are likely to develop the disease, ensuring people can be identified earlier when treatment is more likely to be successful.
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