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Molly-Mae Hague heaps praise on cancer-stricken Deborah James for raising £5.8m

Molly-Mae Hague has heaped praise on Deborah James after the writer raised £5.8million for charity and was given a Damehood amid her bowel cancer battle.

The Love Island star, 22, gushed that the BBC podcaster, 40, was ‘incredible’ and an ‘amazing woman’ as she lauded her impressive fundraising efforts.

Molly-Mae took to her Instagram Stories on Friday to share the sweet tribute alongside a snap of Dame Deborah on BBC News as she revealed that her mother Debbie has met the podcaster.

Tribute: Molly-Mae Hague has heaped praise on Deborah James after the writer raised more than £5.8million and was given a Damehood amid her bowel cancer battle

At the time of Molly’s post, Dame Deborah had raised nearly £4million for Cancer Research UK through her Bowelbabe fund on Just Giving, but the campaign total now stands at more than £5.8million.

In a gushing post, Molly-Mae penned: ‘You are incredible.

‘My mum went to an event especially to meet Deborah a few years back because we were so touched by her journey and podcast.

‘What an amazing woman she is having nearly raised four million pounds.’

'Incredible': The star, 22, gushed the BBC podcaster, who was made a Dame this week (pictured with her Damehood), was an 'amazing woman' as she lauded her fundraising efforts

‘Incredible’: The star, 22, gushed the BBC podcaster, who was made a Dame this week (pictured with her Damehood), was an ‘amazing woman’ as she lauded her fundraising efforts 

Praise: Molly-Mae took to her Instagram Stories on Friday to share the sweet tribute alongside a snap of Dame Deborah on BBC News

Praise: Molly-Mae took to her Instagram Stories on Friday to share the sweet tribute alongside a snap of Dame Deborah on BBC News

Dame Deborah has been battling bowel cancer since 2016 and she revealed earlier this week that she has moved to her parents’ home in Woking for end of life care.

Since her diagnosis, Dame Deborah has documented her journey online and set up the successful charity Bowelbabe, which has raised more than £5.8million on Just Giving.

Having set her original fundraising target at £250,000, she has now raised more than 22 times her goal.

On Friday, Dame Deborah also enjoyed ‘tea and champagne’ with Prince William as he presented her with a Damehood for her tireless campaigning and fundraising efforts.

She took to Instagram on Saturday to post pictures of the Duke with herself and her family, saying the visit gave them ‘so much to smile about in the sadness’.

Life lesson: Adele gushed over the mum-of-two: 'I love Deborah so much. She reminds me to focus on what I can control and not what I can’t. What a Wonder Woman?!' (Deborah pictured)

Illness: Dame Deborah has been battling bowel cancer since 2016 and she revealed earlier this week that she has moved to a hospice for end of life care 

She told her 686,000 followers: ‘I believe I may have had the most surreal, mind blowing, humbling 5 days of my life. 

‘I cannot thank you for your generosity at launching the @bowelbabefund which now stands at £5.7 million, and to the @dukeandduchessofcambridge for going above and beyond to make a very special memory happen yesterday. 

‘Can’t quite believe I’m actually a Dame! My family are being amazing and as emotional as it all is, we are finding so much to smile about in the sadness.’

She admitted to ‘getting weaker and more tired’, but continued: ‘I always said I wanted to slide in sideways when my time is up, with a massive smile, no regrets and a big glass of champagne! Still my intention!!!’

Deborah was made a dame by the Queen this week for her commitment to raising awareness and funds for bowel cancer following her diagnosis in 2016. 

Celebrations: On Friday, Dame Deborah also enjoyed 'tea and champagne' with Prince William as he presented her with a Damehood for her tireless campaigning and fundraising efforts

Celebrations: On Friday, Dame Deborah also enjoyed ‘tea and champagne’ with Prince William as he presented her with a Damehood for her tireless campaigning and fundraising efforts 

Family: Dame Deborah (centre, with husband Sebastien Bowen, left, and children Eloise, 12 and Hugo, 14) told of how 'kind' William (right) and said he 'made everyone feel at ease'

Family: Dame Deborah (centre, with husband Sebastien Bowen, left, and children Eloise, 12 and Hugo, 14) told of how ‘kind’ William (right) and said he ‘made everyone feel at ease’

The monarch led praise for Dame Deborah, saying she was ‘pleased’ to approve the Damehood, while the Prime Minister said ‘if ever an honour was richly deserved, this is it’.

In her fundraising efforts, Dame Deborah reached the £5million milestone on Friday after donations from more than 240,000 supporters, including William and his wife Kate.

Her Just Giving page said it is ‘raising money to fund clinical trials and research into personalised medicine for cancer patients and supporting campaigns to raise awareness of bowel cancer’.

She said she was ‘completely lost for words’ after reaching the phenomenal amount. 

TV presenter Lorraine Kelly responded to the news, saying: ‘This is just wonderful – tears and laughter – love you @bowelbabe.’

Amazed: Reacting to her Damehood, Deborah told her 686,000 followers that she 'can't quite believe I'm actually a Dame', adding that she is 'finding so much to smile about in the sadness'

Amazed: Reacting to her Damehood, Deborah told her 686,000 followers that she ‘can’t quite believe I’m actually a Dame’, adding that she is ‘finding so much to smile about in the sadness’

Fundraising: Since her cancer diagnosis, Dame Deborah has documented her journey online and set up the charity Bowelbabe, which has raised more than £5.8million on Just Giving

Fundraising: Since her cancer diagnosis, Dame Deborah has documented her journey online and set up the charity Bowelbabe, which has raised more than £5.8million on Just Giving 

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

‘Through her tireless campaigning and by so openly sharing her experience she has not only helped in our fight against this terrible disease, she has ensured countless others with the Big C have not felt alone. 

‘I hope this recognition from Her Majesty – backed I’m sure by the whole country – will provide some comfort to Deborah and her family at this difficult time. My thoughts are with them and Deborah should know she has the country’s love and gratitude.’

Dame Deborah’s children Hugo, 14, and Eloise, 12, said they were ‘speechless’ and ‘so, so proud’, while husband Seb said a damehood was ‘something that she would never have dreamt of but it is so truly deserved’.

Heartbreaking: Deborah announced in a heartbreaking message that her active treatment for her bowel cancer was stopping and that she was moving to a home hospice for end of life care

Heartbreaking: Deborah announced in a heartbreaking message that her active treatment for her bowel cancer was stopping and that she was moving to a home hospice for end of life care

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