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William and Kate donate 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 Bowel Babe online after campaigning to raise awareness for bowel cancer, has raised more than £3million after setting up a Just Giving page.

The former manager was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016 and has kept more than 500,000 Instagram followers up to date on 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 tenacious desire to give back to society.

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

“We are so sad to hear his recent update but delighted to support @bowelbabef, which will benefit @royalmarsdenNHS among others.

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

James was treated at the Royal Marsden Hospital, of which William is patron, and he is one of the beneficiaries of his fund.

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