‘She leaves such a great legacy in her music’: Davina McCall pays a heartfelt tribute to her late friend Sarah Harding during Stand Up To Cancer  

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  • A picture of the late singer appeared on screen while the 54-year-old TV presenter delivered a heartfelt speech
  • The Girls Aloud bandmember died in September after a battle with breast cancer at the age of 39
  • Davina called the late singer ‘absolutely fabulous’ and ‘very exciting to be around’, while reflecting on their friendship
  • The Popstars: The Rivals host met The Promise hitmaker in 2002, when she auditioned to be a member of Girls Aloud.
  • They worked together on the 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 died in September after a battle with breast cancer, appeared on screen while the TV presenter, 54, delivered a heartfelt speech.

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

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Emotional: Davina McCall pays 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 #SU2C tribute to Sarah Harding.’

Another added, ‘First a lovely tribute from Davina to Sarah Harding. #StandUpToCancer.’

The Masked Singer judge spoke about her heartbreaking reaction to Sara’s passing in a recent interview Sun.

Heartfelt: 'She leaves such a huge legacy in her music,' said Davina (right) of former Girls Aloud bandmember (left), who passed away at 39 (pictured in 2016)

Heartfelt: ‘She leaves such a huge legacy in her music,’ said Davina (right) of former Girls Aloud bandmember (left), who passed away at 39 (pictured in 2016)

Dedicated: Viewers were quick to show their support on the heartfelt tribute on Twitter

Dedicated: Viewers were quick to show their support on the heartfelt tribute on Twitter

He called the lyricist “absolutely brilliant” and “very exciting to be around”, reflecting their friendship that spanned nearly two decades.

‘He had given himself a hard time for not solving it earlier. That, for me, is always the hardest thing,’ she said.

‘There is nothing like the look on someone’s face when they realize there is no cure for what they are being told. This is palliative care from now on.’

The Popstars: The Rivals host met the songstress in 2002, when she auditioned to be part of the band, which was later renamed Girls Aloud.

They worked together in 2016 on the sports reality show The Jump, where Davina said Sarah was ‘so good fun’.

Davina McCall previously said Sarah's death from breast cancer was 'the saddest thing' (pictured in 2021)

Davina McCall previously said Sarah’s death from breast cancer was ‘the saddest thing’ (pictured in 2021)

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

‘We need to help people find ways to detect changes in their bodies, but never shame anyone, ever, ever, and least embarrass themselves. If you fall ill, it’s not your fault,’ he declared.

Hosting Stand Up to Cancer was especially profound for him, having lost his sister Caroline as well as his mother, Florence, to the condition.

Throwback: The Popstar: The Rivals host met The Promise hitmaker in 2002 when she auditioned to be part of Girls Aloud (LR Nadine Coyle, Cheryl Tweedy, Kimberly Walsh, Sarah, Nicola Roberts, Davina).

Throwback: The Popstar: The Rivals host met The Promise hitmaker in 2002 when she auditioned to be part of Girls Aloud (LR Nadine Coyle, Cheryl Tweedy, Kimberly Walsh, Sarah, Nicola Roberts, Davina).

Davina believes funding for cancer is more important than ever because of the backlog of patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sara revealed that she was battling breast cancer in August 2020 and later said that she did not know how many months she had to live after the cancer spread to her spinal cord.

In an excerpt from her autobiography Here Me Out, Sara said that Christmas 2020 was ‘probably her last’.

Tragic: Sarah revealed she was battling breast cancer in August 2020 and later said she didn't know how many months were left after her cancer spread (pictured in 2017)

Tragic: Sarah revealed she was battling breast cancer in August 2020 and later said she didn’t know how many months were left after her cancer spread (pictured in 2017)

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