DEBORAH James is “completely blown away” and “lost for words” after being awarded a Damehood last night.
The Sun columnist, who received the honour last night, was praised by Good Morning Britain hosts as The Sun’s Lizzie Parry sat down with them.
The Sun’s Health Editor said Debs was ‘blown away’ after being bestowed the honour[/caption]
Dame Debs, 40, has raised nearly £4million since Monday when she revealed she was on end-of-life care.
And she is determined to get reach the £5million milestone by the weekend. Donations can be made at bowelbabe.org.
Pal Lizzie told GMB: “Debs is completely blown away by it. I spoke to her last night and for once she was a bit lost for words.
“The outpouring of love this week and the incredible love she has been shown, we just felt why not give it a try.”
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Deborah revealed she has stopped receiving active treatment and will spend her last days at her parents’ home in Woking.
She was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer just days before Christmas in 2016.
Deborah, known to fans as BowelBabe, has shared every step of her journey with Sun readers and her legion of loyal Instagram followers.
Even as she stares death in the face, her determination to raise awareness of her rare cancer has not faltered.
The Sun columnist raised a whopping £2million in just 16 hours after launching her BowelBabe Fund.
She asked supporters to buy her a drink to “see me out this world” by donating the cost of a gin and tonic to the fund.
The Sun columnist said it would raise money for further life-saving cancer research “to give more Deborah’s more time”.
The money will be donated between Cancer Research UK, Bowel Cancer UK and the Royal Marsden.
She added that she had always wanted to use her platform in a good way.
“I want to raise a pocket of money to go across the three charities which have supported me.
“My cancer didn’t define me but it never went away, we knew it was going to catch me in the end I had to navigate life with it,” she added.
The hero cancer campaigner has charted her journey through her column ‘Things Cancer Made Me Say’ and the ‘You Me and the Big C‘ podcast.
In her final column for The Sun Online, she said: “My body just can’t continue anymore. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise that my last six months have been pretty hellish health wise.
“So I sadly find myself in the place that I never wanted to be — the next crossroads. My body is so emaciated that I have no choice but to surrender to the inevitable.”