Kimberley Walsh pays tribute to Sarah Harding on anniversary of her death

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: (L-R) Sarah Harding and Kimberley Walsh attend a party to celebrate Kimberley Walsh's last appearance as Princess Fiona in the musical 'Shrek' at Vanilla Nightclub on May 21, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Girls Aloud/Getty Images)
Sarah Harding and Kimberley Walsh. (Getty Images)

Kimberley Walsh has paid tribute to her former Girls Aloud bandmate Sarah Harding on the first anniversary of her death.

Harding died aged after being diagnosed with breast cancer which then spread to other parts of her body.

Posting on Instagram on 5 September, Walsh paid an emotional tribute to Harding, writing: "It feels more real than ever today."

Read more: Kimberley Walsh says dealing with grief over Sarah Harding is 'daily challenge'

She also said: "Sarah passed away a year ago.

"I can still hardly believe it to be honest but it feels more real than ever today. Thinking of her always and of everyone who loved and miss her too."

Former Girls Aloud band members (left to right) Nicola Roberts, Cheryl and Nadine Coyle take part in Race for Life for Sarah' at Hyde Park, London with Kimberley Walsh walking the 5k remotely. Picture date: Sunday July 24, 2022. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
Nicola Roberts, Cheryl and Nadine Coyle take part in Race for Life for Sarah'. (PA Images via Getty Images)

Peter Andre also wrote a tribute to Harding as part of his column in OK Magazine. Andre wrote: "It was such a shock when Sarah died, but what I love about the Great British public is that when a terrible situation like this happens and someone so loved passes, people put all their love and support behind the family."

The popstar added: "Sarah was a very loved person, she will never be forgotten. I hope her family have been able to in some way come to terms with their loss. It’s such a terrible thing to have happened to someone so young."

Sarah Harding attending the Jean-Pierre Braganza Autumn/Winter 2015 London Fashion Week show, at the BFC Courtyard Show Space in Somerset House, London.
Sarah Harding in 2015 at a London Fashion Week show. (PA)

Girls Aloud reunited earlier this year to pay tribute to Harding. Walsh, as well as Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl participated in the Race for Life to raise money for breast cancer.

It was the group's first public appearance together since 2013.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01:  Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts, Nadine Coyle, Cheryl Cole and Sarah Harding of Girls Aloud perform on their 'Ten - The Hits Tour' at The O2 Arena on March 1, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Girls Aloud perform live. (Getty Images)

At the time, Cheryl talked about dealing with the grief of Harding's death: "You know, I've lost grandparents when I was younger and I lost a friend when I was younger but nothing like this, the feeling of shock and disbelief and it still lingers now to be honest. I still can't quite believe it's real."

The remaining members of Girls Aloud are planning other cancer fundraisier activities including a gala event later in 2022.

Watch below: Girls Aloud reunite for the first time in nine years in memory of Sarah Harding.