soul Deborah James has had a rose named after her which will be on display at the Chelsea Flower Show next week.
Podcaster James proudly posed with the blooming rose which will help raise money for his Bowelbabe fund for cancer research in the UK.
The Harkness Rose Company will feature Dame Deborah James Rose on their stand at the Chelsea Flower Show.
The rose will also be part of the company’s new community gardening program, which aims to involve the most vulnerable groups and people from underrepresented backgrounds in gardening.
Harkness has pledged to donate 1,000 Dame Deborah James roses to community gardens across the UK this autumn.
Bowel cancer awareness champion James, also known as Bowel Babe, has stage 4 bowel cancer.
The BBC podcast host was first diagnosed in 2016. Since then, she has kept fans informed over the years with candid information about her condition and treatment.
Earlier this month, she announced she was stopping active treatment and would enter palliative home care.
She has already raised over six million for charity to help cancer research.
The 40-year-old expressed her delight when presented with a bouquet of gorgeous flowers.
She said: “What a beautiful rose to bear my name. Roses are my favorite flowers and I hope this one will light up everyone’s smiles”.
Philip Harkness, Chairman of The Harkness Rose Company, added: “Dame Deborah has been an inspiration in her tireless efforts to raise awareness of bowel cancer. I am honored to present this rose for her and am sure it will be a favorite in the nation’s gardens.
“I’m proud that we can release this rose to benefit the Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK, and the charitable donation from every rose sold will help ensure Deborah’s legacy continues.”
The Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK will receive £2.50 from the sale of each Dame Deborah James Rose.
The new rose will be available for pre-order via worldofroses.com and will be available in bare root only for fall 2022 delivery.