Davina McCall Pays Tribute To Her Late Friend Sarah Harding During Stand Up To Cancer

A photo of the late singer appeared on-screen while the TV presenter, 54, made a heartfelt speech

  • The Girls Aloud bandmember passed away in September after a battle with breast cancer aged 39

  • Davina called the late singer 'absolutely brilliant' and 'so exciting to be around' while reflecting on their friendship

  • The Popstars: The Rivals host met The Promise hitmaker all the way back in 2002 when she auditioned to be a member of Girls Aloud

  • They went on to work together in sports reality show The Jump in 2016

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    Davina McCall paid tribute to her late friend Sarah Harding during Channel 4's Stand Up To Cancer telethon on Friday.

    A photo of the late singer, who passed away in September after a battle with breast cancer, appeared on-screen while the TV presenter, 54, made a heartfelt speech. 

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    'She leaves such a great legacy in her music,' said Davina of the former Girls Aloud bandmember, who passed away at the age of 39.

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    Emotional: Davina McCall paid tribute to her late friend Sarah Harding during Channel 4's Stand Up To Cancer telethon on Friday

    Viewers were quick to show their support on Twitter, writing: 'RIP Sarah Harding, too young. #SU2C,' and, 'This tribute to Sarah Harding #SU2C.'

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    Another added, 'Lovely tribute to Sarah Harding from Davina earlier. #StandUpToCancer.'

    The Masked Singer judge recently spoke about her heartbreaking reaction to Sarah's passing in an interview with The Sun.

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    Heartfelt: 'She leaves such a great legacy in her music,' said Davina (right) of the former Girls Aloud bandmember (left), who passed away at the age of 39 (pictured in 2016)
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    Devoted: Viewers were quick to show their support at the heartwarming tribute on Twitter

    She called the songstress 'absolutely brilliant' and 'so exciting to be around' while reflecting on their friendship, which spanned almost two decades.

    'She'd given herself a hard time for not going to sort it out earlier. That, for me, is always the hardest thing,' she said.

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    The Popstars: The Rivals host met the songstress all the way back in 2002 when she auditioned to be part of the band which would later be named Girls Aloud.

    They went on to work together in sports reality show The Jump in 2016, where Davina said Sarah was 'such good fun'. 

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    'She'd given herself a hard time for not going to sort it out earlier' Davina McCall previously said Sarah's death from breast cancer was the 'saddest thing' (pictured in 2021)

    Davina also made it clear that cancer sufferers should not blame themselves for failing to detect the disease in time for a successful treatment. 

    'We need to help people to find ways of detecting changes in their bodies, but never shaming anybody, ever, ever, ever, and least of all shaming yourself, ever. If you get sick, it's not your fault,' she declared. 

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    Hosting Stand Up To Cancer was especially profound to her, having lost her sister Caroline as well as her mum Florence to the condition.

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    Throwback: The Popstars: The Rivals host met The Promise hitmaker all the way back in 2002 when she auditioned to be part of Girls Aloud (L-R Nadine Coyle, Cheryl Tweedy, Kimberly Walsh, Sarah, Nicola Roberts, Davina in 2002)

    Davina believes funding for cancer is more crucial than ever due to a backlog of patients having built up over the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Sarah revealed she had been battling breast cancer in August 2020 and later said she did not know how many months she had left to live after her cancer spread to her spine. 

    In an excerpt from her autobiography Hear Me Out, Sarah said Christmas 2020 was 'probably her last.' 

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    Tragic: Sarah revealed she had been battling breast cancer in August 2020 and later said she did not know how many months she had left to live after her cancer spread (pictured in 2017)
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    'In December my doctor told me that the upcoming Christmas would probably be my last. I don't want an exact prognosis. I don't know why anyone would want that...

    'Comfort and being as pain-free as possible is what's important to me now. I'm trying to live and enjoy every second of my life, however long it might be. I am having a glass of wine or two during all this, because it helps me relax.'   

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    The musician added that she wanted to try and 'enjoy' herself as she didn't know 'how many months I've got left'. 

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    Upsetting: In an excerpt from her autobiography Hear Me Out, Sarah said Christmas 2020 was 'probably her last'

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    The most obvious sign can be a lump, either in the breast or high up in the armpit. It might be visible, or only obvious when you feel it. But other signs include dimpling of the skin on the breast, an inverted nipple or bleeding from the nipple. A red rash can also be an indication of an underlying problem.

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