Deborah James supporters campaign for her damehood amid terminal cancer

Calls for Deborah James to be made a dame have mounted in recent days with the nation moved by her bravery in sharing her ordeal with terminal cancer. 

The You, Me & The Big C podcast host announced earlier this week that her cancer treatment has stopped and she is now receiving hospice care at home, almost six years since being diagnosed with incurable bowel cancer. 

Messages of support have flooded in for Deborah, with celebrities and members of the Royal family alike uniting in their admiration of her strength. 

In just a few days, Deborah has raised over £3million through her Bowelbabe Fund with the donations going towards charities that have helped her during her health battle, including the Royal Marsden Hospital. 

An All On The Board message popped up at one tube station in London this week, praising Deborah for her philanthropy efforts despite the harrowing nature of her own ordeal, and leading calls for her to receive a damehood. 

The heartfelt poem said: ‘Deborah James is simply wonderful and beautiful, she shines brighter than a glitterball. The nation didn’t get a chance to see her dance on Strictly and it’s a shame; she is a fun-loving role model who has saved lives and inspired so many people in so many ways.

‘Raising millions of pounds for charity with her Bowelbabe Fund and raising awareness with her “no butts” cancer campaign, while still smiling on her toughest of days, she’s an absolute legend. 

‘And if you read this Your Majesty the Queen or William and Kate, you can make it happen and It would be fitting and so great if the one and only Deborah James was to receive well deserved letters after her name or be made a Dame.’ 

Many agree with the sentiments as one supporter commented: ‘Absolutely!!!! She is the most fitting person for the meaning of the word “Dame”.’ 

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Another said: ‘A great suggestion , Sir Tom set the precedent so let’s follow up and pay a tribute to this lady too. Her work raising both awareness and the money deserve to be recognised #DameDeborahJames.’ 

‘TOTALLY AGREE !!!!!!!! Donated, but want her to be #DameDeborahJames,’ another chimed in. 

One said sweetly: ‘It would suit her perfectly #damedeborahjames❤️ …@dukeandduchessofcambridge She is one im a million and has touched the nations hearts ♥️ xxx.’ 

Deborah has said she ‘could have weeks at most’ to live and is spending her final days with her family, including husband Sebastien Bowen and their two children.

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