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William and Kate make a donation to ‘special’ activist Deborah James

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said their thoughts are with Deborah James and her family after donating an undisclosed amount to the podcast host’s fundraising initiative.

James, 40, known as the Bowel Babe online after campaigning to raise awareness of bowel cancer, has raised more than £3m after creating a Just Giving page.

The former director was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 and has kept her more than 500,000 Instagram followers up to date with her treatments.

In a personal tweet, William and Kate said: “Every once in a while, someone captures the heart of the nation with their zest for life and their dogged desire to give back to society.

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

“We are very sad to hear your recent update, but are happy to support @bowelbabef which will benefit @royalmarsdenNHS amongst others.

“Deborah, our thoughts are with you, your family and your friends. Thank you for giving hope to so many people living with cancer. W&C”.

James has been treated at the Royal Marsden Hospital, of which William is a patron, and is one of the beneficiaries of its fund.



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