Deborah James looks stunning in polka dots as she beams at Royal Ascot | The Sun
15th June 2022

DEBORAH James is making the most of British Summer time and has been spotted at Royal Ascot today.

The Sun writer was in attendance with her brother Benjamin James and his fiancé Ashley Hall.

The family recently celebrated the engagement of Benjamin and Ashley, with Deborah's brother saying he had been spurred on to pop the question by Prince William.

Today Debs stunned in a navy polka dot dress, complete with a frilled collar detail.

The 40-year-old mum-of two beamed at the camera as she enjoyed the event in Berkshire.

Campaigner and podcaster Debs was also pictured with classically-trained singer, Natalie Rushdie.

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Over the weekend, Debs' fund reached £6.7million.

Money from the fund will go towards helping Cancer Research UK, the Royal Marsden and Bowel Cancer UK – in order to support research into 'giving more Deborah's more time'.

Deborah previously said that British season is her favourite, with her In The Style collection even featuring outfits made for events like Wimbledon.

The Dame enjoyed another one of her favourite days out and recently attended Glyndebourne opera house.

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Debs and her husband Sebastien Bowen got dressed up to the nines to watch La bohème at the venue in East Sussex on Saturday.

Opera-lover Debs explained she was "trying to see a few of her favourites one last time" as she receives end of life care for her bowel cancer.

But as always, she was honest about the toll the magical day in her "special place" had taken on her.

The mum, known by fans as BowelBabe, explained: "But be under no illusion! I'm knackered! I've worked out it takes me longer to get ready and organised to go than the time I actually last anywhere!

"Getting dressed is tiring, getting meds organised is tiring, the extra moving, the travel, the wondering what mood your stomach is in – it's all real!

"But then the feeling of making it to something you didn't think possible, having put makeup on, donning new shoes, with the sunshine smiling – well then it's all worth it!

"It's a kind of cheeky 'still living whilst dying' two fingers up to it all."

Just trying to find the diamond moments in the rough – but when you look hard enough you realise they can still be there

Determined to enjoy the summer, Debs has been sitting in the sunshine and also made it to dinner at Beaverbrook country estate, Surrey on Friday.

The Sun writer has been living at her parents' home in Woking after being moved to palliative care last month.

It's from there that she has posted numerous updates, with many being in the stunning garden.

And to make the most of that, she has been indulging in classic cocktails with her family and friends.

Posting to Instagram last night, Debs revealed her 'sundowner treat of choice'.

"Sex on the beach. Maybe I should just call this working my way through all old school cocktails day-by-day before I'm gone," she said.

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  • The Dame Deborah James rose, Bare Root, is available at World of Roses

The signs of bowel cancer you need to know – remember BOWEL

  1. B:Bleeding

There are several possible causes of bleeding from your bottom, of blood in your poo.

Bright red blood could come from swollen blood vessels, haemorrhoids or piles, in your back passage.

Dark red or black blood could come from your bowel or stomach.

Blood in your stools is one of the key signs of bowel cancer, so it’s important to mention it to your doctor so they can investigate.

2. O: Obvious change in loo habits

It’s important to tell your GP if you have noticed any changes in your bowel habits, that lasts three weeks or longer.

It’s especially important if you have also noticed signs of blood in your poo.

You might notice you need to go to the loo more often, you might have looser stools or feel like you’re not going enough or fully emptying your bowels.

Don’t be embarrassed, your GP will have heard a lot worse! Speak up and get it checked.

3. W: Weight loss

This is less common than the other symptoms, but an important one to be aware of. If you’ve lost weight and don’t really know why, it’s worth mentioning to your GP.

You may not feel like eating, feel sick, bloated and not hungry.

4. E: Extreme tiredness

Bowel cancer that causes bleeding can cause a lack of iron in the body – anaemia. If you develop anaemia you’re likely to feel tired and your skin might look pale.

5. L: Lump or pain

As with lots of other forms of cancer, a lump or pain can be a sign of bowel cancer.

It’s most likely you’ll notice a pain or lump in your stomach or back passage

In the photo, there are bottles of Arches and Smirnoff vodka displayed next to the delicious tipples.

Debs added: "Yes that is Archers! And yes I did grow up as archers and lemonade being a stable college social drink."

Earlier this week Debs was able to enjoy a cocktail with her brother.

The campaigner filmed her brother Benjamin making Bloody Marys.

Posting a picture of the finished result, she said: "It's the pickle juice that does it for me! Feels like a salad in a cocktail."

Debs recently said she was feeling grateful to be able to enjoy moments of sunshine on her face and food that makes her smile.

"Just trying to find the diamond moments in the rough – but when you look hard enough you realise they can still be there," she added.

Some of those special moments have been realised through her collaboration with In The Style.

Founder of the company Adam Frisby said he was 'so proud' to have been able to work with Debs on her fashion collection and t-shirts – which have raised close to £1million.

He added: "Having the privilege of working with someone like Debs and seeing how happy this has made her in such incredibly difficult circumstances makes all the hard work so worthwhile.

"Ultimately though, we wouldn't have raised anything if it wasn't for you guys supporting us, so I thank you so much for that."

Deborah yesterday revealed her next fundraising venture with In The Style would be a limited edition run of tops for men.

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She said: "Anyone interested in a 'men's' or whoever wants to wear it version – navy and white – very limited edition.

"Last colour offering I promise! I just want to get to £1million."

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