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BBC podcast host Deborah James has thanked fans for ‘giving her life’ by writing letters of support that are finding their way to her parents’ home, despite not having an address on them.
Deborah, 40, who is receiving end-of-life care for bowel cancer, posted a collection of envelopes on her Instagram @bowelbabe, all of which have tried to describe her location.
Letters addressed to ‘Deborah James, somewhere in Woking’ have managed to make their way to her family home.
Many of her adoring followers have tried to describe where she lives, with one writing ‘Dame Deborah, living at parents’ house.’
Dame Deborah James has shared the letters that have been arriving at her parents’ home in Surrey addressed to ‘Dame Deborah, somewhere in Woking.’ She praises the Royal Mail for managing to deliver the letters
The mum-of-two was clearing touched and amused by the effort of her followers and the of the postal service.
She captioned the story: ‘I think my parents have the best Royal Mail services ever!’
‘The attempted addressed letters are giving us life! How on earth they are getting here is a little miracle!’
Supporters eager to contact the cancer campaigner have tried numerous different addresses, including ‘Dame Deborah James, Woking’ and ‘Bowel Babe, c/o her parents’.
Amazingly the Royal Mail has somehow been able to deliver the letters, providing joy as Deborah spends her final days with her family at her parents’ home.
The mother-of-two, 40, was clearly touched by the letters. This comes after her second book shot up to the top of the Amazon charts. She revealed that book, which was initially due for release in January 2023 has been altered to August 2022
The post comes a day after Deborah revealed that she had left the house for the first time in 10 days.
She was able to visit RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey with her husband Sebastien Bowen, of 14 years, before it was open to the public.
‘Seb is an utter rock for me and together we seem to be able to squeeze our hands, swallow the tears and laugh instead,’ she wrote, sharing a photo from the outing on Instagram.
The couple, who have been married since July 2008, and share son Hugo, 14, and daughter, Eloise, 12, were in the midst of divorce proceedings in 2016, before rekindling their relationship a month before Deborah’s diagnosis of incurable bowel cancer. He has stood by her side ever since.
Deborah received much love since announcing that she was receiving end-of-life care last week.
On Tuesday she praised her ‘wonderful’ army of supporters, as her second book shot up to the top of the Amazon’s best seller chart.
Yesterday, the BBC podcast host left her parents’ home for the first time in 10 days, with her husband of 14 years, Sebastien Bowen. Seb took her to RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey
She revealed that book, which was initially due for release in January 2023 has been altered to August 2022.
The podcast host has spent two years writing her second book, How To Live When You Could Be Dead, but says it will be released in August, ‘long after I will be flying high’.
Proceeds of the book sales will benefit her Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK, which has raised more than £6.3million since it was launched last week. Deborah’s extraordinary fundraising efforts have been recognised with a damehood, which was conferred by Prince William in her parents’ back garden.
Deborah said she has always dreamed of writing a bestseller but will ‘never know’ if this book will be a success. Yesterday she said she will be ‘flying high’ by the time it is released in August.
Proceeds of the book sales will benefit her Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK, which has raised more than £6.3million since it was launched last week. Deborah’s extraordinary fundraising efforts have been recognised with a damehood, which was conferred by Prince William in her parents’ back garden
Three pounds from each book will be donated to the Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK – launched on the same day she revealed she was stopping active care.
Deborah was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in December 2016, and was told early on that she might not live beyond five years – a milestone that passed in the autumn of 2021.
At the start of the year, the mother-of-two, who shares her children Hugo, 14, and Eloise, 12, with Sebastien, announced she had ‘nearly died’ in hospital, calling it the ‘hardest’ part of her 5-year cancer battle, and was admitted as an in-patient earlier this month.
She shared an Instagram post last week revealing that ‘nobody knows how long she has left’.
The former headteacher (pictured right, with children Eloise, 12, Hugo, 14 and husband Sebastien Bowen) was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016
She wrote: ‘The message I never wanted to write. We have tried everything, but my body simply isn’t playing ball.
‘My active care has stopped and I am now moved to hospice at home care, with my incredible family all around me and the focus is on making sure I’m not in pain and spending time with them.’
She is receiving hospice care at her parents’ home in Woking, to spare her children the difficult memories of her spending her final days at the family home in London.