Deborah James expresses hopes for daughters wedding as rose is named after her

Bowel babe Dame Deborah James admitted she cried after a stunning rose was named in honour of her to help raise money for her charity fund.

The 40 year old revealed the news on her Instagram page saying she was "honoured" to have the Dame Deborah James Rose named after her.

Dame Deborah was presented with a stunning bouquet of her new rose by the team at The Harkness Rose Company.

They will be introducing the new flower at their stand at Chelsea Flower Show next week.

She posted: "I'm so honoured with the help of @worldofrosesuk and @theharknessrosecompany to announce the release of the Dame Deborah James Rose!

"I actually cried when they asked me if they could name a rose after me. The new rose is available to pre-order now for delivery in Autumn 2022.

"Even better £2.50 for the sale of each rose will be paid to the @Bowellbabefund. There is of course a limited supply of rose plants for sale. I just can't wait for the family to plant them everywhere this autumn."

Dame Debs says she hopes one day her daughter Eloise, 12, will have the white and pale pink flower at the heart of her wedding bouquet.

She wrote: "What breaks my heart and brings me the most beautiful thought, is that this variety will and can now be grown forever, and maybe one day even Eloise might choose to have it in her wedding bouquet."

For every rose sold, £2.50 will be donated to the BowelBabe Fund, which has raised a staggering £64 million in just over a week – £7.5million if you count Gift Aid.


Philip Harkness, Chairman of The Harkness Rose Company, said: “Dame Deborah has been inspirational in her tireless efforts to raise awareness of bowel cancer.

"I am honoured to be introducing this rose for her and I am sure it will be a favourite in the nation’s gardens.

"I am proud that we can launch this rose in aid of the Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK, and the charity donation from every rose sold will help ensure Deborah’s legacy lives on.”


Dame Debs’ rose is available for pre-order and will be available this Autumn.

She revealed last week how she was now receiving end-of-life care at her parents’ home in Woking, Surrey, because the heroic efforts of her team of medics at The Royal Marsden Hospital in South West London were now fruitless.

The mum-of-two was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer just days before Christmas in 2016.

The inspiring cancer campaigner was made a Dame last week following her astonishing fundraising effort.

Prince William travelled to her parents' house in Woking, where she is spending her last days, to ensure she got the gong from him.

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