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Davina McCall pays tribute to her late friend Sarah Harding during Stand Up To Cancer

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. 

‘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.

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.’

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.

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)

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)

Devoted: Viewers were quick to show their support at the heartwarming tribute on Twitter

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.

‘There’s nothing like the look on someone’s face when they realise that what they’re being told is there’s no treatment. This is palliative care from now on.’ 

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’. 

'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)

‘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. 

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

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)

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.’ 

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)

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) 

‘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.’   

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

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

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

How to check your breasts – and what to look out for 

By Liz O’Riordan Breast surgeon and breast cancer survivor

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.

HOW TO CHECK The best time is during your period when the balance of hormones means the tissue will naturally be less lumpy and sore. If you’re post-menopausal, any time is fine, although most women find that checking on the first of the month is a good way to remember.

  • Stand topless in front of a mirror and check your breasts face on, and then from each side. If your breasts are large, lift them up and check the skin underneath.
  • Lift your hands above your head and look again – do they look any different?
  • Put your hands on your hips and tense your chest muscles and check again.
  • Lie down to feel your breasts and, using the flat surface of your fingers, push down on to the breast tissue. Feel your whole breast, in a circular motion from your cleavage to your armpit.
  • Also check in the armpit itself, pushing the skin and fat against your ribcage.
  • If you find a lump anywhere, check the opposite breast or armpit – chances are it will feel the same.
  • If you’re concerned about something you’ve found, check again in two weeks. If it’s still there, get it checked out by a doctor.

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