Deborah James has been honored with lady status after raising millions of pounds

Podcast host Deborah James, who announced this week that she has moved into a home hospice to be treated for her end-stage colon cancer, has been honored with a dame.

Ames, 40, has raised more than £3.7million after setting up a Just Giving page to raise money for colon cancer clinical trials, research and awareness.

The former principal was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 and has kept her more than 500,000 Instagram followers updated on her treatments.

On Thursday night, Number 10 confirmed that James is to be made a Dame, saying: “The Queen has pleased to agree that Deborah James will be made a Dame.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “If ever an honor was well deserved, this is it.

“Deborah was an inspiration and her honesty, warmth and courage were a source of strength to so many people.

“Through her tireless campaigning and by openly sharing her experiences, she has not only aided in our fight against this horrible disease, but has also made sure that countless others are not alone with the Big C.

“I hope this recognition of Her Majesty – which is sure to be supported across the country – will bring some comfort to Deborah and her family at this difficult time. My thoughts are with them and Deborah should know that she has the love and gratitude of the country.”

On femininity, James told The Sun: “I don’t know what to say. I am overwhelmed and incredibly honored.

“I don’t feel like I deserve this. I can’t tell you what this means for my family, it’s so much to process.”

She told the newspaper her fund has “exceeded all expectations”, adding: “I would love to get it to £5million by the end of the weekend.”

James, the popular presenter of the BBC podcast You, Me And The Big C, announced on Monday that she has set up the Bowelbabe Fund.

In an Instagram post, she said she doesn’t know how long she’s been gone and that while the past six months have been “heartbreaking,” she’s been surrounded by “so much love” and had “no regrets.”

Of her decision to start the Bowelbabe Fund, James wrote: “I always knew there was one thing I always wanted to do before I die.

“Over the years I’ve always raised so much awareness and money for the charities closest to me. @cr_uk @royalmarsden @bowelcanceruk

“As a result, the @bowelbabefund is formed and I would be happier for nothing than for you to help it thrive. Please visit for all information and to donate (link in bio).”

On Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said their thoughts were with James and her family.

The couple donated to the fund and in a personal tweet from William and Kate, they said: “Every once in a while someone wins the heart of the nation with their zest for life and their stubborn desire to give back to society.

“@bowelbabe is one of those special people. Her tireless efforts to raise awareness of colon cancer and end the stigma of treatment are inspirational.

“We are so sad to hear your recent update but are delighted to support @bowelbabef which will benefit the @royalmarsdenNHS, among others.

“Deborah, our thoughts are with you, your family and friends. Thank you for bringing hope to so many cancer patients. TOILET.” Deborah James has been honored with lady status after raising millions of pounds

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