Sarah Harding helps fund breast cancer research for women in 30s after tragic death

By Emma Wilson

Sarah Harding is helping to fund vital breast cancer research for women in their 30s after her tragic death from the disease.

The former Girls Aloud singer, 39, passed away on Sunday, more than a year after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Sarah released a song, Wear It Like a Crown, back in March to raise money for The Christie hospital in Manchester where she received treatment.

Now, the cancer treatment centre is planning research that’s been partly funded by the proceeds raised by Sarah’s song.

The money will go towards crucial research into preventing the deadly disease among women between the ages of 30 to 39.

In a statement, The Christie centre also said it would be starting a crowdfunding page to raise money for the research.

Sarah Harding tragically passed away on Sunday following a battle with breast cancer (Getty Images)
Sarah's song, released earlier this year, raised money for The Christie (Getty Images)

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Christie patient and supporter, Sarah Harding. Sarah was extremely passionate about breast cancer research and spoke often of the importance of funding this,” the statement on their website read.

“You can help us continue Sarah's legacy by donating to our breast cancer research fund in her memory using our simple donation form below. We're really grateful for any support you can provide,” they added.

Back in June, Sarah had heaped praise on the doctors, nurses and staff at the cancer treatment centre, calling them “amazing” and “angels”.

"The Christie is doing everything it can to create a future without cancer, but funding research is the only way it will succeed. Every penny really does count, so please, if you can, help The Christie reach this goal,” she said.

The doctor who treated Sarah, Dr Sacha Howell, will lead the research and is focusing on the risk of breast cancer to women in their 30s who have no family history of the disease.

"It is hoped that by assessing these factors, women who may not usually fall into the at-risk category can be targeted using more accurate prediction models and early screening programmes to provide better outcomes," a spokesperson for The Christie said.

The centre has not yet revealed how much Sarah’s song raised.

On Sunday, the singer’s heartbroken mother Marie announced her passing on Instagram, calling her daughter a “bright, shining star”.

“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,” she wrote.

“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,” her mother added.

Sarah previously spoke about her breast cancer diagnosis, and said she avoided going to the doctors after finding lumps under her arm in 2019.

Sadly, the Covid-19 pandemic hit, and the singer said it was “tough” to battle cancer while in the middle of a global health crisis.

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