Podcast host Deborah James, who this week revealed she switched to palliative home care to treat her terminal bowel cancer, has been honored with a womanhood. James, 40, has raised more than £3.7million after setting up a Just Giving page to raise money for bowel cancer clinical trials, research and awareness.

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. On Thursday night, Number 10 confirmed James was to become a lady, saying: ‘The Queen was delighted to approve that the honor of womanhood be conferred on Deborah James.’

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: ‘If ever an honor was richly deserved, this is it.’ Deborah was an inspiration and her honesty, warmth and courage were a source of strength for so many people.

“Through her tireless campaigning and sharing her experience so openly, she has not only helped in our fight against this terrible disease, but she has ensured that countless other people with Big C don’t feel alone.

“I hope this recognition from Her Majesty – supported, I’m sure, by the whole country – will bring some comfort to Deborah and her family at this difficult time. My thoughts are with them and Deborah should know she has the love and gratitude of the country. James, the popular presenter of the BBC podcast You, Me And The Big C, announced on Monday that she has set up the Bowelbabe Fund.

In an Instagram post, she said she didn’t know how much time she had left and that while the last six months had been “heartbreaking” to go through, she had been surrounded by “so much love” and never had “no regrets”.

Speaking about his decision to set up the Bowelbabe fund, James wrote: “I always knew there was one thing I always wanted to do before I died.

“Over the years, I have always raised so much awareness and money for the charities closest to me. @cr_uk @royalmarsden @bowelcanceruk

“As a result, the @bowelbabefund is being created and I would love nothing more than for you to help it thrive. Please visit bowelbabe.org for all information and to donate (link in bio).

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