Girls Aloud are set to host a charity concert in memory of their late band member Sarah Harding.
Kimberly Walsh, 40, Cheryl Tweedy, 39, Nadine Coyle, 37, and Nicola Roberts, 36, are reuniting at a charity gala this week but will not be performing as “it doesn’t feel right without” Sarah.
“We miss her so much. It’s just so hard to get your head around it — to realise that she’s gone,” Kimberly told The Sun.
Sarah Harding was just 39 years old when she passed away from breast cancer on 5 September 2021 - just a year after being diagnosed.
Instead of a performance from the girl group, Girls Aloud have invited Years & Years singer Olly Alexander to perform at the charity gala.
Olly will also be joined by Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson and Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde.
The Primrose Ball will be held at The Londoner Hotel on Saturday and the event will be hosted by radio presenter Fearne Cotton.
Kimberley claims that Sarah told the group before her death that she wanted to create a gala, and had hoped to be able to attend to thank those who helped her throughout her battle with the disease.
The Girls Aloud band mates have worked hard to put together the gala that was part of Sarah’s dying wish.
Kimberly said it would be special for her to attend the gala after missing the charity walk for Sarah earlier in the year.
The event was attended by Cheryl Tweedy, Nicola Roberts and Nadine Coyle, with Kimberly unable to attend.
The singer revealed that she was in Ibiza for her mum’s 70th birthday and was unable to attend the event in person but participated virtually.
The aim of the charity gala and walk is to fund a study that is headed by Sarah’s oncologist Dr Sacha Howell.
The study focuses on why so many women are suffering from breast cancer at a young age.
Kimberly said it “feels good” to be doing something that Sarah had wanted and doing “something positive”.
She added: “That’s what’s important. What I’ve found hard is people moving on with their lives and Sarah not being here.
“That’s hard because for her friends and family, we are always thinking about her.
“Nothing can bring her back but, with the gala and the walk, she is involved in our daily lives and that feels special.”