Dame Deborah James, 40, ‘overwhelmed’ after In The Style campaign raises £1million for charity


Dame Deborah James, 40, says she is ‘overwhelmed’ after her campaign for fashion brand In The Style raised £1million for charity as she receives end-of-life care for bowel cancer

  • Bowel cancer campaigner says fashion brand’s ‘Rebellious Hope’ t-shirt is what has helped ‘keep me going’
  • All proceeds from sales of the t-shirt go to the BowelBabe Fund, which has raised more than £6.7m so far
  • Posting a picture posing with a giant cheque on Instagram today, she told of how she was ‘overwhelmed’

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Dame Deborah James has said she is ‘overwhelmed’ after her campaign for fashion brand In The Style has raised £1million for charity – as the much-loved activist continues to receive end-of-life care for bowel cancer.

The former deputy headteacher turned bowel cancer campaigner, 40, says the fashion brand’s ‘Rebellious Hope’ t-shirt, which she helped to design, ‘is what has got me through the last few years and it’s what is keeping me going now’.

All proceeds from sales of the t-shirt go to the BowelBabe Fund, which has raised more than £6.7m so far.

Posting a picture on Instagram today, she said: ‘WOW!! ONE MILLION POUNDS. I am honestly so overwhelmed we, through In The Style raised over £1,000,000 for Cancer Research UK.’

She continued: ‘”Rebellious Hope” is what has got me through the last few years and it’s what is keeping me going now! 

Dame Deborah James posted this picture on Instagram of her posing with a large cheque alongside In The Style founder Adam Frisby and his partner Jamie Corbett

Dame Deborah James posted this picture on Instagram of her posing with a large cheque alongside In The Style founder Adam Frisby and his partner Jamie Corbett

Dame Deborah James, 40, pictured in In The Style's 'Rebellious Hope' t-shirt, which she helped to design' and has raised £1million through

Dame Deborah James, 40, pictured in In The Style’s ‘Rebellious Hope’ t-shirt, which she helped to design’ and has raised £1million through 

Now receiving palliative care at her parents' home in Woking, Surrey, Dame Deborah James says she will Father's Day this weekend with 'a whisky or two' with her father Alistair who she called her 'unsung hero,

Now receiving palliative care at her parents’ home in Woking, Surrey, Dame Deborah James says she will Father’s Day this weekend with ‘a whisky or two’ with her father Alistair who she called her ‘unsung hero,

‘Seeing all your messages, tags and support has just been the best and I am so grateful that we have been able to do this together! Thank you all.’

The photo showed Dame Deborah posing with a large cheque alongside In The Style founder Adam Frisby and his partner Jamie Corbett.  

She said she that, when the t-shirt launched, she and the brand spoke of ‘how incredible £50,000 would be’, adding that the £1m is ‘just so incredible’.

It comes after Dame Deborah reflected on the loving support of her father Alistair as her family prepares for a heart-wrenching Father’s Day this weekend. 

She said she is looking forward to celebrating the day with her husband Seb, children Hugo, 14, and Eloise, 12, as well as her father and mother Heather.

Now receiving palliative care at her parents’ home in Woking, Surrey, she says she will mark the day with ‘a whisky or two’ with her father who she called her ‘unsung hero,’ The Sun reports.

She said: ‘I’ve not always been a big one for telling Dad how much I love him, so take it from me, just say it. You never know when it might be your last chance.

‘It’s too hard to think about, the idea I won’t see my son as a father.’

Dame Deborah also revealed her husband Seb is an ‘incredible’ father to their two children.

And she was thrilled when her brother Ben proposed to his girlfriend of 11 years Ashley.

Prince William meets with Deborah James to award her her Damehood last month for her tireless campaigning and fundraising for cancer research

Prince William meets with Deborah James to award her her Damehood last month for her tireless campaigning and fundraising for cancer research 

She added: ‘For me, this year it’s about my dad and Seb, but it’s also about the men in my life who will hopefully one day be fathers too, my son and brother.’

Yesterday, Dame Deborah revealed she was given just days to live when she was released from hospital last month – and insisted her day at Royal Ascot was a ‘fab milestone’ that proves she ‘ain’t dead yet’.

The mother-of-two has been making the most of the time she has left after revealing last month that she’s no longer receiving active treatment for her cancer.

In that time, she has been on a number of outings, including watching opera at Glyndebourne, enjoying a trip after hours to the Chelsea Flower Show and lunch at the £700-a-night Beaverbrook estate in Leatherhead, Surrey. 

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