Kate and William pay deeply emotional tribute to Deborah James ‘Captured heart of nation’

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KATE, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William have paid a deeply emotional tribute to bowel cancer campaigner Deborah James.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge praised Ms James for her “zest for life” and her “tireless efforts to raise awareness of bowel cancer.” This comes after Ms James, known on social media as @bowelbabe, announced that she is receiving end-of-life care at home.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Kate and William pay deeply emotional tribute to Deborah James (Image: Getty)

Posting an update to Twitter, the campaigner wrote: “The tweet I never wanted to write.

“The time has come to say goodbye. 5 years to prepare, doesn’t make it any easy.

“I’m under hospice at home care, & I’m spending my time surrounded by my family.

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

“@bowelbabe is one of those special people.

“Her tireless efforts to raise awareness of bowel cancer & end the stigma of treatment are inspiring. (1/2)

“We are so sad to hear her recent update but pleased to support the @bowelbabe, which will benefit the @royalmarsdenNHS among others.

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

Deborah James

This comes after Ms James announced that she is receiving end-of-life care (Image: BBC)

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

The mother of two was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer at the age of 35.

She has almost 500,000 followers on Instagram and co-hosts an award-winning podcast about living with cancer, called “You, Me & the Big C”.

As well as raising huge amounts of money for bowel cancer charities, Ms James has also written a book, called F*** You Cancer: How to Face the Big C, Live Your Life and Still Be Yourself.

Kate and William

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge praised Ms James for her ‘zest for life’ (Image: Getty)

Emotional tributes to the campaigner poured out on Twitter in response to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s post.

One Twitter user, Cheryl (@Cherylsmilesx) wrote: “Thank you for kind message. Deborah is a huge inspiration. Her legacy will keep her shinning eternally.”

Kayla Adams (@KaylaAdams___) agreed, calling her story “absolutely heartbreaking”.

Deborah James

The mother of two was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer at the age of 35 (Image: Instagram/ @bowelbabe)

She added: “It’s sad to see but I’m sure she’s so proud of what sharing her story has achieved.

“Lovely that you’re supporting this fund.”

Another user Dannii (@bunnybrusher) wrote: “Oh this message is amazing. @bowelbabe is even more amazing.

“What an unbelievable legacy she will leave x.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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