Lorraine Kelly praises Sarah Harding's breast cancer legacy

The TV star said work done in memory of the Girls Aloud singer would save lives.

Sarah Harding
An appeal in Sarah Harding's name is funding breast cancer research. (Getty Images)

Lorraine Kelly has praised the legacy left by Sarah Harding for breast cancer research, saying that work done in memory of the Girls Aloud star "will save lives".

Broadcaster Kelly, who hosts ITV's daytime Lorraine show, is supporting the Change + Check campaign for the fourth year in a row which was created by her programme's features editor Helen Addis after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Kelly, who also regularly promotes a bowel cancer awareness campaign and welcomed the late Dame Deborah James onto the show a number of times, spoke about the importance of breast cancer research funded by the Sarah Harding Breast Cancer Appeal.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15: Lorraine Kelly attends the ITV Palooza 2022 on November 15, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Lorraine Kelly praised the work being done in Sarah Harding's memory. (Getty Images)

Harding was diagnosed with breast cancer during lockdown, telling how she had initially been too scared to see her GP about breast pain, and passed away in September 2021 aged 39.

Kelly told The Mirror: "Sarah was such a lovely girl and in her name they’re now doing brilliant things. It’s amazing all the hard work that they’re putting in.

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"I’m really glad that’s happening for her family, because that’s her legacy. The work being done in Sarah’s name will save lives, which is tremendous."

The fund in her name gives money to Manchester's Christie NHS Foundation, where Harding was treated, and contributes to a research project for women in their 30s to track common risk factors, leading to earlier screening and treatment.

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Sarah Harding with her Girls Aloud bandmates. (Getty Images)

Before her death, Harding had released a 10-year-old unheard solo track called Wear It Like A Crown as a fundraiser for The Christie.

Posting about it on social media, she had written: "I've literally no idea how this all works anymore, but on the off chance it generates any profit, I'll give it all to the Christie NHS Foundation @thechristienhs where I'm receiving my treatment.

"If you've read my book you'll know just how amazing the Doctors, Nurses and all the staff at The Christie are. They are actual angels."

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Sarah Harding passed away in 2021. (Getty Images)

Following her death, Harding's close friend and bandmate Cheryl shared on social media: "Grief is such a harsh experience and an absolute rollercoaster of emotions.

“Questions without answers and pain without resolve.

"So tumultuous and constant."

The Change + Check campaign is being supported this year by a choir of 20 women who were diagnosed after watching advice on checking their breasts on Lorraine.

Supported by Alfie Boe, they are releasing a track called Golden which they are hoping could become the Christmas number one.