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Dame Deborah James tells her children to ‘take chances’ and ‘marry only for love’ in last letter before death

Dame Deborah James shared some heartfelt advice in a letter for her children before her death.The cancer campaigner and podcast host died in June aged 4, six years after being diagnosed with bowel cancer.Following her diagnosis, she shared her life lessons in a new book, How To Live When You Could Be Dead, which is set for release on 18 August.In an extract published by The Sun, James told her children – Hugo, 14, and Eloise, 12 – to “be brave”, “take chances” and “be your number one cheerleader”.James said the “hardest lesson of all” is learning to balance...
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Dame Deborah James planned her own funeral, Lorraine Kelly reveals

Lorraine Kelly has revealed that Dame Deborah James planned her own funeral, after the cancer campaigner was laid to rest in an intimate service on Wednesday (20 July).The TV host called the funeral “perfection, as you would expect” while appearing on Good Morning Britain on Thursday morning (21 July).James died on 28 June, six years after being diagnosed with stage-four bowel cancer. In the months before her death, she raised over £7.4m for Cancer Research UK through her BowelBabe fund.The funeral was a small service in Barnes for close family in friends. Some of James’ celebrity friends like Kelly...

Funeral of Dame Deborah James to take place

The funeral of Dame Deborah James will take place on Wednesday.The podcast host and mother-of-two, who became known as Bowelbabe, her social media handle, died last month aged 40 after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016.Close friends and family are expected to attend the private service in her memory.The former deputy headteacher was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016 and subsequently kept her nearly one million Instagram followers up to date with her treatments.Her candid posts about her progress and diagnosis, including videos of her dancing her way through treatment, won praise from the public and media alike.Dame Deborah...
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Dame Deborah James remembered at private funeral

Close friends and family have paid tribute to cancer campaigner Dame Deborah James at a private funeral. The 40-year-old mother-of-two died last month after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016. Known as Bowelbabe, she fundraised £7.4m for charity in her final weeks and received a damehood in a special...

Friends and family bid farewell to Deborah James at intimate service

Close friends and family have bid farewell to Dame Deborah James during an intimate private service in west London.McFly star Tom Fletcher and wife Giovanna, Lorraine Kelly and Gaby Roslin were among the mourners at St Mary’s Church in Barnes on Wednesday afternoon (20 July).The podcast host and mother of two, who became known as The Bowel Babe, which was also her social media handle, died last month aged 40 after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016.Click here to sign up for our newsletters.

Mourners arrive for funeral of Dame Deborah James

Mourners including Lorraine Kelly and Gaby Roslin have begun arriving for the funeral of Dame Deborah James in London.The podcast host and mother-of-two, who became known as Bowelbabe, her social media handle, died last month aged 40 after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016.Close friends and family arrived at St Mary’s Church in Barnes, west London, ahead of the service on Wednesday afternoon.TV presenters Kelly and Roslin, who were both friends of Dame Deborah, filed into the church alongside family members carrying a wreath of white flowers.A note attached to the flowers said: “Deborah, thank you to our extraordinary...
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Friends and family to remember Dame Deborah James at funeral today

It's been almost a month since Dame Deborah James – also known as Bowelbabe – tragically passed away from bowel cancer at the age of 40, and today her close friends and family will gather to remember her as her funeral takes place. Deborah, who leaves behind two...

Friends and family bid farewell to Dame Deborah James during funeral

Close friends and family have bid farewell to Dame Deborah James during an intimate private service in west London. McFly star Tom Fletcher and wife Giovanna, Lorraine Kelly and Gaby Roslin were among the attendees at St Mary’s Church in Barnes on Wednesday afternoon. The podcast host and mother...

Deborah James legacy: huge rise in online checks for bowel cancer signs

There was a tenfold increase in people checking bowel cancer symptoms online immediately after the death of Dame Deborah James, the NHS has said. More than 23,000 visits were paid to NHS websites for bowel cancer on Wednesday, compared with 2,000 the previous day. Dame Deborah, a former deputy headteacher,...
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Dame Deborah James death prompts more bowel-cancer checks

Thousands more people visited their bowel-cancer symptoms page this week following the death of Dame Deborah James, according to NHS figures. The number of page visits rose from 2,000 on Tuesday to 23,000 on Wednesday, after the family announced her death on Tuesday evening. Dame Deborah, who was 40, had...

Deborah James said she felt ‘utterly loved’ in final video

Dame Deborah James thanked donors to her Bowelbabe Fund in a video recorded a month before her death.The podcaster and campaigner died of stage 4 bowel cancer on 28 June, aged 40.James said she felt “utterly loved” in the message featured on Dame Deborah James: The Last Dance, which was broadcast on BBC One on Thursday evening.Donations to James’ Bowelbabe Fund surpassed £7m on Wednesday, with all proceeds going towards Cancer Research UK.In the special, James said that the donations made her feel that the public were supporting her efforts to raise awareness of bowel cancer.“I just cannot thank...

Deborah James says she felt 'utterly loved' in video filmed during final days

Emotional footage of Dame Deborah James in her final days has been aired in a special BBC documentary.The late podcast star, who campaigned to raise awareness and break taboos around bowel cancer, passed away earlier this week after a five-year battle with the disease.In an interview shot shortly before her death, James speaks about how she feels “utterly loved”.Footage also shows the 40-year-old, surrounded by her family, celebrating her BowelBabe fund reaching a new milestone.Click here to sign up for our newsletters. Read More Deborah James urges people to ‘enjoy life, check your poo’ in emotional final messageDeborah James had ‘special gift’ to connect with the public, says cancer charity bossDr Hilary explains what to look out for in your faeces to break ‘poo taboo’
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Prince William and Kate Middleton Honor Cancer Campaigner Dame Deborah James After Her Passing

Dame Deborah James, a journalist and campaigner who stole the U.K. and the world's hearts with her work as the Bowel Babe, sadly passed away on June 28 at the age of 40. James had been diagnosed with incurable bowel cancer in 2016, and went on to raise awareness for the disease through her podcast and media appearances, raise funds for charity, pen the aptly named memoir slash self-help book F*** You Cancer (opens in new tab), and generally make bowel cancer "sexy," in her own words.