Lorraine Kelly reveals huge new tattoo tribute to Dame Deborah James | The Sun

LORRAINE Kelly will be one of Dame Deborah James' many mates who plan to get a tattoo tribute in her honour.

Dame Debs passed away at the age of 40 on June 28, 2022, after living with incurable bowel cancer for five years.

Lorraine, 62, revealed the tattoo plans as she returned to hosting her ITV morning show after Dame Deborah's funeral yesterday.

Speaking with Dr Hilary, Lorraine told him about the funeral

"She'll never ever be forgotten," Lorraine said.

"And I think yesterday there was a whole bunch of us that said we're going to get tattoos with Rebellious Hope on them, I think I agreed to that."

The doctor liked the idea but then became suspicious and asked Lorraine, "why are you looking at me?"

The host laughed and told him: "We're just deciding where they're going to be Hilary."

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Dr Hilary replied: "The only person I would do it for is Deborah, so I'll have a think about that."

The morning ITV host praised the mum-of-two’s “incredible” children for reading tributes at the ceremony, which was yesterday.

The Sun writer became a national treasure after channelling her energy into saving the lives of others, by raising awareness of bowel cancer symptoms.

Speaking of Dame Debs' funeral, presenter Lorraine, 62, said: “There were a lot of tears and there really was genuinely a lot of laughs too as well as we remembered her, so it was great.

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"She planned it all and it was perfection, as you would expect.

“I was honoured to be there with some of our team.

“It was a beautiful, beautiful send off. It was so lovely. It was sad, but it was also a celebration of an amazing, amazing woman.”

Lorraine was one of the hundreds of guests at Debs’ send-off at St Mary’s church in Barnes, South West London.

TV star Gaby Roslin, 58, McFly singer Tom Fletcher and wife Giovanna, both 37, also joined the congregation.

But the most important guests were Debs’ children, Hugo, 14, and Eloise, 12, who led her funeral procession with their dad and Debs’ husband, Sebastien. 

Lorraine, who said Debs will “never be forgotten”, said: “Hugo wrote a poem for his mum, and read it out. And Elouise did a reading. Her husband said the most beautiful eulogy.

“It was lovely. It was sad, but it was also very, very uplifting. 

“Her legacy is astonishing, with what she's done to raise awareness. 

“But our legacy is also our children, and they are Wow. They are incredible, incredible young people. They really are.

“In the final weeks and months of her life she did so much. She got a rose, she was made a dame of course – Prince William went to her house. 

“She achieved more in the last days of her life than most of us achieve in our whole lives.”

What are the red flag warning signs of bowel cancer?

IT’S the fourth most common cancer in the UK, the second deadliest – yet bowel cancer can be cured, if you catch it early enough.

While screening is one way of ensuring early diagnosis, there are things everyone can do to reduce their risk of the deadly disease.

Being aware of the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, spotting any changes and checking with your GP can prove a life-saver.

If you notice any of the signs, don't be embarrassed and don't ignore them. Doctors are used to seeing lots of patients with bowel problems.

The five red-flag symptoms of bowel cancer include:

  • Bleeding from the back passage, or blood in your poo
  • A change in your normal toilet habits – going more frequently for example
  • Pain or a lump in your tummy
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Losing weight

Tumours in the bowel typically bleed, which can cause a shortage of red blood cells, known as anaemia. It can cause tiredness and sometimes breathlessness.

In some cases bowel cancer can block the bowel, this is known as a bowel obstruction.

Other signs include:

  • Gripping pains in the abdomen
  • Feeling bloated
  • Constipation and being unable to pass wind
  • Being sick
  • Feeling like you need to strain – like doing a number two – but after you've been to the loo

While these are all signs to watch out for, experts warn the most serious is noticing blood in your stools.

But, they warn it can prove tricky for doctors to diagnose the disease, because in most cases these symptoms will be a sign of a less serious disease.

Dr Hillary Jones described Deb as “unique and extraordinary”.

He said: “Whilst her life was cruelly curtailed at 40, she crammed so much into that life. 

“She crammed it with verve, with energy, with love, with passion. With so many wonderful things. And that’s why we celebrate her life, and her legacy which lives on.

“She raised £7.4million, she’s saved lives and she'll continue to save lives as a result of that

“Her lovely family will remember her for that.”

Deborah’s coffin arrived in a 1936 Rolls-Royce hearse and a private wake was held at the Olympic Studios cafe in Barnes. 

The funeral was adorned with the white roses that were named in her honour before her death.

For each Dame Deborah James rose sold, £2.50 is donated to the BowelBabe fund, launched by Debs in her finally days.

It has already raised £7.4million for cancer charities on top of the millions made from sales of T-shirts, bags and an In The Style clothing range.

Lorraine and Dr Hilary went over the symptoms of bowel cancer – just as Debs would have wanted. 

Dr Hilary said: “This is not an uncommon cancer, even at a young age, which Deborah proved.

“Forty-three thousand new cases are diagnosed every year and 16,000 people lose their lives, but 40 to 50 per cent are preventable. 

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“So the earlier you get it diagnosed, the much greater chance of getting cured, not just treated but cured. And so go and get it checked if you get any of those symptoms.”

Lorraine said no other woman would look “glamorous” dressed as a poo – which Debs often did to raise awareness of bowel cancer symptoms.



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