Deborah James has been receiving hospice care at her parents’ home in Woking but that hasn’t stopped her from working on a number of projects to help continue raising money for her charity
Dame Deborah James is “so chuffed” that her recent collaborations will raise more than £1million towards her BowelBabe Fund.
The BBC podcaster, 40, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016 and has been keeping her followers updated as she nears the end of her life.
Deborah – known as ‘Bowel Babe’ – has been a high-profile advocate around cancer awareness for a number of years, including through the podcast You, Me and the Big C.
She has been receiving hospice care at her parents’ home in Woking but that hasn’t stopped the mother-of-two from working on a number of projects to help continue raising money for her charity.
Deborah set up the BowelBabe Fund to raise awareness of bowel cancer in addition to helping fund research in the bid to cure cancer.
On the Instagram story of BowelBabe Fund, Deborah wrote: “I’m so chuffed that over the weeks (albeit whilst I’ve been navigating this end of life care thing!), in order to up funds into @bowelbabefund the collaborations (T-shirt, Book, Rose, Bag) will end up bringing in over £1million extra for the fund which will give us a another year of funding.”
Last month, Prince William visited Deborah at her home to present her Damehood.
She hoped to raise £250,000 for Cancer Research UK but has gone on to make more than 26 times her initial target at £6.6million, thanks to her many collaborations.
Deborah launched a clothing range with online retailer InTheStyle, with 100 per cent of the profits from the sales of the two t-shirts going to the charity.
The t-shirts have the slogan ‘Rebellious Hope’ on them, coming in black and pink, and funds have already gone past the £650,000 mark.
The 40-year-old has also written a second book called ‘How To Live When You Could Be Dead’, which was due to be released in January 2023 but was moved to August 18 this year.
The book will be published by Penguin Books, who have said will donate £3 of every sale to the BowelBabe Fund.
Scamp and Dude have also collaborated with Deborah on a coral and gold foil leopard print ‘swag bag’, where £10 will be donated to her fund from each sale.
A white rose was named after the fundraiser with the help of World of Roses and the Harkness Rose Company. The rose, which has a light pink centre, will be available this autumn with £2.50 of every sale also going to her fund.
On her Instagram stories post she thanked her followers, adding: “Thank you for as always for supporting the fund, it means so much to me to be able to leave as much of a pot of money that can support brilliant people in their quest to cure cancer.”
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