Lorraine's secret show of support to Deborah James on tonight's Gogglebox | The Sun

ITV'S Lorraine Kelly has always supported Sun columnist Deborah James.

Deborah has featured many times on the show – in order to raise awareness of bowel cancer signs and symptoms.



But in a truly touching display of friendship, Lorraine, 62, managed to sneak in an ode to her friend on tonight's episode of Gogglebox on Channel 4.

Posting to Instagram today, Lorraine revealed a snippet from the show, which she has taken part in with her daughter Rosie Kelly Smith and sausage dog Ruby.

During the clip, Rosie is seen wearing Deborah's Rebellious Hope t-shirt.

It's through the sales of these t-shirts alone that the podcaster and campaigner has managed to raise over £1million for the BowelBabe fund.

TO DONATE to the BowelBabe Fund visit www.bowelbabe.org

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Over the weekend, Debs told how she was overjoyed after her campaign for fashion brand In The Style managed to boost the donations.

The 40-year-old, says the range's message of 'Rebellious Hope' "keeps her going" as she receives end-of-life care.

She said: "Rebellious Hope’ is what has got me through the last few years and it’s what is keeping me going now!" she said.

"Seeing all your messages, tags and support has just been the best and I am so grateful that we have been able to do this together!"

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Over the last few weeks Bowelbabe has continued to campaign to raise both money and awareness for bowel cancer.

The 40-year-old has now inspired a major change to packs of loo roll after calling for packaging to list symptoms of the disease.

Andrex has now committed to raising awareness of symptoms over its products from July, following Marks & Spencer. 

Earlier this month Deborah appeared on Lorraine to urge more brands to signpost people to deadly cancer signs.

Deborah said: "It's the start of things to come, I think we should now do a big shout out to other companies now, saying come on where's your signs and symptoms.

"Forget about the puppies, I'm bored of the puppies.

"We need actual information signposted on those loo rolls so I'm hoping lots of other big brands will now go "yeah, hang on, this makes massive sense. This is what we need to be doing".

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest cancer killer.

  • To pre-order Deborah’s book visit Amazon
  • Her t-shirt is available through In the Style in sizes 6-28
  • 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

Nearly 43,000 people are diagnosed with it every year, however the disease is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

Since her diagnosis in 2016, Dame Debs has worked tirelessly to break the poo taboo and encourage people to seek help if they need guidance when it comes to loo habits.

But last month, the podcaster was told her body was no longer playing ball, and she was moved to palliative care.

Since then she has been spending time with those who she loves most and has been enjoying the British Summer time.

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Debs has managed to visit Royal Ascot, enjoy cocktails with her brother and attend Glyndebourne opera house.

Earlier this week, she was also able to have a pub lunch with her mum, Heather.


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