Bowelbabe’s final farewell: McFly’s Tom Fletcher, Lorraine Kelly and Gabi Roslin are among friends and family at the funeral of heroic cancer fighter Dame Deborah James, who raised more than £7million for charity before her death aged 40
- The private ceremony in London is attended by family and close friends, including chat host Lorraine
- Dame Deborah, who became known as Bowelbabe, her social media manager, has inspired millions with her videos
Mourners, including M Lorraine Kelly and Gaby Roslin, are gathering at Dame’s funeral today Deborah James – who has inspired millions with her social media campaign to raise awareness of bowel cancer.
The podcast host and mother-of-two, who became known as Bowelbabe – after her social media account – died last month aged 40 after being diagnosed with the disease in 2016.
TV presenters Kelly and Roslin, who were friends of Dame Deborah, wore a wreath of white flowers as they entered St Mary’s Church in Barnes with family members.
A message accompanying the flowers read: “Deborah, thank you to our amazing friend. You along with Seb, Eloise and Hugo are such an important part of our family, we will love and miss you forever.”
Among the mourners were Salman Rushdie’s son Zafar and his wife Natalie.
Another well-wisher brought an order form and sheet of music for Tell Me It’s Not True by the Blood Brothers.
McFly’s Tom Fletcher and his wife Giovanna were among the mourners who gathered at St Mary’s Church in Barnes today for the funeral of Dame Deborah James.
TV presenter Lorraine Kelly was among those who attended the funeral of Dame Deborah James in London today.
Among the mourners was Gaby Roslin, who rose to fame co-hosting The Big Breakfast on Channel 4 in the 1990s.
Also spotted among the mourners was Satanic Verses writer Salman Rushdie’s son Zafar and his wife Natalie.
Another well-wisher brought an order form and sheet of music for Tell Me It’s Not True by the Blood Brothers
Dame Deborah’s funeral is being held at a church in London and is open to close friends and family only
Dame Deborah died last month aged 40 after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016. She became known as Bowelbabe, through her social media channel
The former vice-principal was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016, prompting her nearly one million Instagram followers to share her treatment.
Her candid posts about her progress and diagnosis, including videos of her dancing through treatment, won praise from the public and media.
Dame Deborah revealed earlier in May that she had stopped active treatment and was spending her final days at her parents’ home in Woking.
She received end-of-life care with her husband Sebastien and their two children by her side.
In her final months, the host of the BBC’s You, Me And The Big C podcast raised almost £7 million for research, with the amount increasing after her death.
For her “tireless” work to raise awareness of the disease, she was made a lady, with the honor presented by the Duke of Cambridge, who joined her family for afternoon tea and champagne at home.
Her death was announced on June 28, with the message that she died peacefully, surrounded by her family.
William and Kate, charities, celebrities and many whose lives have been touched by cancer have paid tribute.
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 the disease in 2016.
The Duke of Cambridge made her a lady in her family home, with William praising her for ‘going above and beyond to make a very special memory’. Also in the picture is her husband Sebastien and their children Hugo and Eloise
And her Bowelbabe Just Giving fund is STILL running – having topped £7m
Deborah James’ Just Giving page is still going strong – donations currently stand at just over £7.4 million.
The the Bowelbabe fund in the hours after it was revealed the 40-year-old mother-of-two had died, there was a surge in donations topping £6.8million.
She is in her final weeks as the host of the show BBC podcast You, Me And The Big C has raised a huge amount of money for research and become a lady for its ‘tireless’ work to raise awareness of the disease.
Dame Deborah became a patron of Bowel Cancer UK following her diagnosis, working to raise money and awareness for the charity.
All donations will be used to fund causes close to Deborah’s heart, including funding clinical trials and raising awareness of bowel cancer through Cancer Research UK.
Its chief executive, Genevieve Edwards, said her legacy would live on through her campaign work and that she had a “special gift” for connecting with the public, which was reflected in the huge amount of public donations.
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