Dame Deborah James, the co-host of the hugely successful podcast You, Me and The Big C who campaigned tirelessly and fundraised millions of pounds for research into bowel cancer has died, with her family by her side. The 40-year-old started out blogging about her diagnosis and used her Instagram, under the name BowelBabe, as a means of sharing her experiences and raising awareness of the symptoms of bowel cancer.
In early May, James announced to her 1 million followers that she had stopped active treatment and had moved to hospice care at her parent’s home. It was in this post that she also shared the news that she had set up a fundraiser, Bowelbabe Fund, to raise money and awareness for the charities close to her heart.
A few days later, she was made a dame, with Prince William visiting her home to honour her “tireless campaigning” for raising awareness of bowel cancer. Her sheer determination is proved only further following the announcement that she’d written a second book, How To Live Life When You Could Be Dead (£14.99, Waterstones.com), and had been busy designing a charitable clothing collection with fashion brand In The Style.
The T-shirts, which feature the words “Rebellious Hope” across the front, were an instant success, with the collection raising £1m in just one month for her BowelBabe Fund for Cancer Research UK. The designs serve as the perfect way to pay tribute to such a remarkably strong woman.
If you want to honour and celebrate the life of Dame Deborah James, as well as support her charity, read on for how you can get your hands on one of the T-shirts that she designed.
In The Style x Dame Deborah James ‘Rebellious Hope’ T-shirt: £15, Inthestyle.com
The phrase ‘Rebellious Hope’ is one that James credited for getting her through her last few years, so the T-shirt collection is certainly the perfect way to honour her life.
Within just one month of selling them, she had raised £1m, and we’re sure this charitable donation will only increase. There are three different designs to choose from, including pink, gold foil (£18, Inthestyle.com), white and navy – the latter being the most recent addition owing to the demand for a unisex design.
These serve as an invaluable way to support the BowelBabe Fund, celebrate Dame Deborah James, and remind us all to consistently have rebellious hope.
Do you want to support Dame Deborah James’s charity? Donate to the BowelBabe fund