Kate and William pay deeply emotional tribute to Deborah James ‘Captured heart of nation’

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge praised Ms James for her “zest for life” and her “tireless efforts to raise awareness of bowel cancer.” This comes after Ms James, known on social media as @bowelbabe, announced that she is receiving end-of-life care at home.

Posting an update to Twitter, the campaigner wrote: “The tweet I never wanted to write.

“The time has come to say goodbye. 5 years to prepare, doesn’t make it any easy.

“I’m under hospice at home care, & I’m spending my time surrounded by my family.

In a tribute to the campaigner on their joint Twitter account, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrote: “Every now and then, someone captures the heart of the nation with their zest for life & tenacious desire to give back to society.

“@bowelbabe is one of those special people.

“Her tireless efforts to raise awareness of bowel cancer & end the stigma of treatment are inspiring. (1/2)

“We are so sad to hear her recent update but pleased to support the @bowelbabe, which will benefit the @royalmarsdenNHS among others.

“Deborah, our thoughts are with you, your family and your friends.

Emotional tributes to the campaigner poured out on Twitter in response to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s post.

One Twitter user, Cheryl (@Cherylsmilesx) wrote: “Thank you for kind message. Deborah is a huge inspiration. Her legacy will keep her shinning eternally.”

Kayla Adams (@KaylaAdams___) agreed, calling her story “absolutely heartbreaking”.

She added: “It’s sad to see but I’m sure she’s so proud of what sharing her story has achieved.

“Lovely that you’re supporting this fund.”

Another user Dannii (@bunnybrusher) wrote: “Oh this message is amazing. @bowelbabe is even more amazing.

“What an unbelievable legacy she will leave x.”