Funeral for bowel cancer campaigner Dame Deborah James to take place

The mother-of-two passed away on June 28 after a six-year battle with cancer.

Funeral for cancer campaigner Dame Deborah James, known as Bowelbabe, due to be held on July 20 STV News

The funeral of cancer campaigner Dame Deborah James will take place on Wednesday.

The podcast host and mother-of-two, who became known as Bowelbabe due to 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.

Podcaster and bowel cancer campaigner Dame Deborah James has died at the age of 40, her family has announced.
She was made a Dame for her work raising awareness of bowel cancer.

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 revealed in early May she had stopped active treatment and was seeing out 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 presenter of the BBC podcast You, Me And The Big C raised almost £7m for research, with the amount climbing further following her death.

She was made a dame for her “tireless” work improving awareness of the disease, with the honour conferred by the Duke of Cambridge, who joined her family for afternoon tea and champagne at home.

Her death was announced on June 28 with a message saying she had died peacefully, surrounded by her family.

William and Kate, charities, celebrities and many whose lives have been affected by cancer shared tributes.

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