Kate and William ‘couldn’t be more proud’ of Deborah James’s legacy

The Bowelbabe cancer research fund has raised £11.3 million

The Prince and Princess of Wales have taken to social media to pay homage to Dame Deborah James months after her death from bowel cancer.

The royals shared a video in view of their 2.7 million Twitter followers to commemorate the late journalist’s “incredible legacy”.

The Kensington Royal Twitter account reposted a message shared originally by Cancer Research UK, announcing that the Bowelbabe Fund was now at over £11.3 million.

Shared along with a video of Deborah speaking about the fund, the tweet read: “Thanks to your fantastic support, the Bowelbabe Fund for @CR_UK now stands at over £11.3m!

“We’re so pleased to continue Deborah’s legacy by allocating some of the funds to pioneering bowel cancer research. Follow @BowelbabeFund on Instagram for more.”

In their retweet, Kate and William added: “An incredible legacy which continues to impact so many.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the work of the @bowelbabe Fund.”

Fans of the late podcast host replied to the tweet, heaping praise on her efforts to fundraise and be “a support for causes that are good for Britain”.

Twitter user Lovefamilywales said: “Oh wow £11.3m!!! Incredible!! Deborah was such an amazing woman and I’m sure she is happy with this amount of money that will help so many people.”

Chamaerion added: “That’s excellent, and it had an impact – the NHS is doing screening tests now for bowel cancer. That’s what people want – a support for causes that are good for Britain and their people.”

Jillianross10 typed: “I miss her on instagram. She was a class apart. Just part of her incredible legacy. Thinking of her family. They will be so proud. Yet so heartbroken.”(sic)

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Deborah died from bowel cancer in June last year at the age of 40, leaving behind a fund to raise money for bowel cancer charities in her generous final wish.

In a statement shared to her Instagram page along with a beautiful picture of the journalist, it was confirmed that Deborah died peacefully surrounded by her family.

A loved one said: “We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Dame Deborah James; the most amazing wife, daughter, sister, mummy. Deborah passed away peacefully today, surrounded by her family.

“Deborah, who many of you will know as Bowelbabe, was an inspiration and we are incredibly proud of her and her work and commitment to charitable campaigning, fundraising and her endless efforts to raise awareness of cancer that touched so many lives.

“Deborah shared her experience with the world to raise awareness, break down barriers, challenge taboos and change the conversation around cancer. Even in her most challenging moments, her determination to raise money and awareness was inspiring.”

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