Cheryl has posted a heartfelt tribute to her friend and former bandmate Sarah Harding a day on from her tragic death.
The thirty-nine year old singer, who shot to fame as part of the pop group Girls Aloud died from breast cancer yesterday. Her mum confirmed the news in a statement posted to Sarah’s social media accounts, noting that her daughter had ‘fought so strongly from her diagnosis until her last day.’
The statement read: “I’d like to thank everyone for their kind support over the past year. It meant the world to Sarah and it gave her great strength and comfort to know she was loved. I know she won’t want to be remembered for her fight against this terrible disease – she was a bright shining star and I hope that’s how she can be remembered instead.”
And now, her former band mate and friend Cheryl has spoken out about the tragic loss.
Taking to Instagram, the former X Factor judge began: “Although we knew this day would arrive I am somehow still feeling at a loss for words that our stunning, unique, crazy, quirky, kind and soft hearted girl has departed.
“As I try to navigate my way through these painfully strange and horribly unfamiliar waves of disbelief & finality I am experiencing, I wanted to extend my condolences to all of our GA fans.
“We were like an extended family for so long and we know so many of you by name. I wanted to make sure you knew just how much your love and continued support meant to Sarah through her most vulnerable times.”
Cheryl added that Sarah had been ‘so grateful’ for the support she received during her treatment, and that fans had ‘really lifted her spirits when she needed you most’.
She ended her statement with a final message to her friend, writing: “I love you Sarah… farewell. Sarah Nicole Harding forever in our hearts.”
Sarah had undergone gruelling treatment to beat the cancer, including a mastectomy and intensive chemotherapy since first being diagnosed in summer 2020.
In one of her last health updates in August last year, Sarah had written on Instagram: “My amazing mum, family and close friends are helping me through this, and I want to say a thank you to the wonderful NHS doctors and nurses who have been and continue to be heroes. I am doing my very best to keep positive.”
Community village for homeless people in Manchester secures £3.5m in funding
The pioneering village will include a village hall, lots of green space, allotments and a multi-use sports area
A purpose-built community village for homeless people in Manchester has just received a massive £3.5m donation.
The Manchester-based charity Embassy first dreamt up the idea of the Embassy Village in 2021, envisioning a pioneering new safe and secure community for the city’s homeless and vulnerable men.
Embassy Village will provide forty purpose-built homes in a housing-led community, which will be built within a derelict site below the railway arches between the Bridgewater Canal and River Irwell in the city centre.
Plans also include a village hall, lots of green space, mini allotments to grow vegetables and a multi-use sports area.
Embassy Village will operate as a housing provider rather than a shelter, and all potential residents will be interviewed and triaged. Only those who are ready and, crucially, keen to work will be offered accommodation.
While Embassy has been working with regeneration business and landowner Peel L&P, Capital&Centric to develop the village, it has now been gifted a huge £3.5m donation by The Moulding Foundation, an organisation that aims to tackle social inequalities that exist in the North of England.
The astonishing donation will ultimately pay for the construction of the Embassy Village
Jodie Moulding, founder and trustee chair of the Moulding Foundation, said: “We are hugely proud to be supporting Embassy Village with this incredible project, helping to reduce homelessness in Greater Manchester.
“The village will be transformational – in addition to safe housing, it will give residents the life skills, community support and access to the resources needed to lead thriving and healthy lives.”
Sid Williams from Embassy added: “To receive this extremely generous donation from The Moulding Foundation is just incredible and puts us in a position to get the village built sooner than we had expected.
“The latest government figures show that Manchester has the second highest number of people sleeping rough in England. This project is critical in helping us transform the way homelessness is tackled in our city, providing a long term and sustainable solution.”
The donation from the Moulding Foundation will fund the construction of the project, which will start later this year and is expected to complete in 2023.
Martin Lewis calls on ‘zombie government’ to intervene with soaring energy costs
Lewis described the situation as ‘desperate’
Martin Lewis has urged the government to ‘wake up’ as energy bills soar to unprecedented costs.
This morning, damning new figures presented by energy consultancy firm Cornwall Insight forecasted that, from January 2023, the average household will be paying over £4,000 for its annual energy bill.
The previous prediction was £3,729 – that’s a price increase of £650.
Following the grave announcement, the Money Saving Expert founder Martin Lewis briefly broke his social media sabbatical to issue a stern warning to the ‘zombie government’ about the impact these new prices will have on the British public.
In a lengthy Twitter thread, Lewis slammed the news as ‘tragic’, writing: “The latest @CornwallInsight prediction, based on Ofgem’s new methodology, is an 81% price cap rise in Oct (taking typical bill to £3,582/yr) and a further 19% in Jan (so £4,266/yr).
“Action and planning is needed now. The zombie govt [sic] needs wake up sooner than 5 Sept.”
Criticising the government’s response to the crisis so far, Lewis went on to point out that these new figures equate to 45% of the full new state pension and swallow up the £400 ‘help for all homes’ scheme.
He continued: “This will leave many destitute. Tax cuts won’t help poorest [including] many elderly and disabled who’ve higher usage.”
Lewis then stressed that the ongoing leadership debate ‘must not ignore this portentous national cataclysm any more’, writing: “An action plan is needed TODAY.
“They are all in the same party, let’s call on them to come together for the good of the nation rather than personal point scoring. People’s livelihoods, mental wellbeing and in some cases, very lives depend on this.
“This is a desperate.”
Over 94,000 people have pledged to take part in Don’t Pay, a campaign protesting the rising energy bills. Those signed up to the campaign have vowed to cancel their direct debits to energy companies from October 1st if the situation hasn’t changed by then.
It is hoped that if enough people take part in the pledge, energy companies will be faced with no other choice but to reduce monthly costs.
Gogglebox’s Malone family ate at ‘rudest restaurant in Manchester’ and fans are loving the footage
There was no VIP treatment for this famous family…
Gogglebox’s Malone family endured a meal out at the ‘rudest restaurant in Manchester’ this week and, much to the delight of their fans, they documented the full and sweary experience.
While the Mancunian family are firm favourites on the Channel 4 reality show, they didn’t get any special treatment over at Karen’s Diner, whose staff pride themselves on being as rude as possible to those who dare dine in.
The restaurant, which opened in Prestwich last month, ensures each and every guest gets the ‘full Karen treatment’, celebrities and TV stars included.
So when the Malone family arrived for dinner yesterday, staff went above and beyond to make sure they were treated no differently to the other unfortunate guests.
In a video posted onto the official Malone family Instagram page, Tom Sr, Julie and their son Tom Jr could be seen being sat down by a waitress who reassured them they wouldn’t be getting any special treatment.
She was heard informing them: “Alright the Malone family. I know you’re on telly and everything, yeah, but I’m not treating you any different, you’re all s***s”.
Tom Sr seemed amused by the casual insult and, chuckling, responded: “Thank you very much… best compliment I’ve had all day.”
Later in the video, waiting staff sang an x-rated version of ‘Happy Birthday’ to Julie, who had been forced to wear a paper hat emblazoned with the unsavoury title ‘Cheapest p***** on the council estate’.
Tom Sr and Tom Jr were also made to done the crude paper hats, one with the unfortunate title ‘TV w****r’ and the other with “Gaping a******e”.
Later in the video, Julie was seen being encouraged to down one of Karen’s Diner’s infamous shots, served in a miniature toilet cup, by a number of waiting staff and fellow diners, all of whom seemed delighted to have the Channel 4 stars in their company.
The video has gone down a treat with fans of the family and, rather than be put off visiting, many seem keen to pay the explosive diner a visit themselves.
One person tagged their friend and asked: “Can we go just for the laughs?” while another commented: “We need to go to Karen’s!!!!”.
And much to the delight of Gogglebox fans, the offical Karen’s Diner Instagram account later commented on the video: “Don’t come back unless you’re bringing Dave with you”.