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Dying Deborah James ‘blown away’ as she’s made a Dame by the Queen

Deborah said she's 'blown away' by the honour

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Deborah James has been made a Dame by the Queen after raising millions for Cancer Research.

On Monday, the star – known as Bowel Babe on Instagram – revealed she’s receiving hospice care at home amid her bowel cancer battle.

Since then, the You, Me and the Big C podcast host, 40, has raised more than £4million through her Just Giving page.

Deborah James speaking about cancer battle on Lorraine
Dame Deborah has raised millions for Cancer Research (Credit: ITV)

Deborah James made a Dame

On Thursday (May 12), Number 10 confirmed that Deborah will receive a damehood.

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A statement read: “The Queen has been pleased to approve that the honour of damehood be conferred upon Deborah James.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson also said: “If ever an honour was richly deserved, this is it.

Deborah James looks at camera on Lorraine
Deborah is receiving hospice care at home amid her bowel cancer battle (Credit: ITV)

“Deborah has been an inspiration and her honesty, warmth and courage has been a source of strength to so many people.

“Through her tireless campaigning and by so openly sharing her experience she has not only helped in our fight against this terrible disease…

“…she has ensured countless others with the Big C have not felt alone.”

Reacting to the news on her Instagram Stories, Deborah said: “Blown away and crying at the honour.”

Deborah James shares Dame news on Instagram Stories
Deborah said she felt “blown away” by the news of her damehood (Credit: Instagram Stories)

It comes after Prince William and Kate Middleton sent a special message to Deborah and reportedly made a donation to her Bowel Babe Fund.

In a message on Twitter, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said: “Every now and then, someone captures the heart of the nation with their zest for life and tenacious desire to give back to society.

“@bowelbabe is one of those special people.

“Her tireless efforts to raise awareness of bowel cancer and end the stigma of treatment are inspiring.”

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William and Kate message

The royal couple added: “We are so sad to hear her recent update but pleased to support the @bowelbabef, which will benefit the @royalmarsdenNHS among others.

“Deborah, our thoughts are with you, your family and your friends.

“Thank you for giving hope to so many who are living with cancer. W & C.”

On Monday, Deborah told her followers that her active care has stopped.

She said she’s moved to hospice at home care, surrounded by her family.

Bowel Babe on Instagram

She said: “The focus is on making sure I’m not in pain and spending time with them.

“Nobody knows how long I’ve got left but I’m not able to walk, I’m sleeping most of the days.”

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Deborah added: “My whole family are around me and we will dance through this together, sunbathing and laughing (I’ll cry!!) at every possible moment!”

If you would like to donate to Deborah’s cause, the Bowel Babe Just Giving link is here.

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