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Deborah James 

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Cancer campaigner and podcast host Deborah James has been honoured with a damehood, the government has announced.

The 40-year-old disclosed earlier this week she has been moved to hospice-at-home care to treat her terminal bowel cancer and told her social media followers she does not know "how long I've got left", adding the previous six months have been "heartbreaking". 

She has raised more than £3.7m since she set up the Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK to coincide with her tragic update on Monday. 

The presenter of the BBC Podcast You, Me and The Big C was diagnosed with the disease in 2016 and she has kept her hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers up to date with her treatments. 

On Thursday night, Downing Street confirmed that the former headteacher is to be made a dame, saying: "The Queen has been pleased to approve that the honour of damehood be conferred upon Deborah James." 

Responding to the news on Instagram, James said: "Blown away and crying at the honour."

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