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Sophie Wessex supports Dame Deborah James by wearing a t-shirt to support the cancer activist’s BowelBabe fund

THE Countess of Wessex gave another royal seal of approval to Dame Deborah when she was spotted wearing one of the colon cancer activists’ t-shirts.

Sophie, 57, wore the white Rebellious Hope outfit as she met husband Edward on the beach in Gibraltar on Wednesday.

Sophie wore the white Rebellious Hope t-shirt as she met husband Edward on the beach

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Sophie wore the white Rebellious Hope t-shirt as she met husband Edward on the beachPhoto credit: Rex
The t-shirt was launched last month by Dame Debs, 40, and is raising money for author The Sun's Bowelbabe fund

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The t-shirt was launched last month by Dame Debs, 40, and is raising money for author The Sun’s Bowelbabe fundPhoto credit: erotem

Launched last month by Dame Debs, 40, the T-shirt is raising money for The Sun author’s Bowelbabe fund – which has now raised £6.7million.

The fund aims to raise awareness and money for colon cancer, which Dame Deborah was diagnosed with in 2016.

When the t-shirts launched on May 26, the mother-of-two said the slogan “Rebellious Hope” “is really what got me through the last 5 years.”

The cancer activist shared how she was “overwhelmed” by how many incredible supporters had worn her t-shirts – which are available through In The Style.

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She added, “Creating these has really kept me going for the past few days and I’m so proud of them.”

Dame Debs – who was made a Dame last month with a visit from Prince William – is currently receiving end-of-life care at her parents’ home in Surrey, surrounded by friends and family.

It comes as the activist is urging big businesses to put colon cancer symptoms, like blood in the stool, on the toilet roll.

M&S is already on board – from September the sale of toilet paper, which draws attention to the disease, will start.

The idea came about after M&S employee Cara Hoofe was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in 2016 at the age of 32.

She was inspired to pitch the idea to Dame Debs after seeing all the work she has done to raise awareness.

Almost 43,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer each year.

However, the disease is treatable and curable, especially if caught early.

Dame Debs has made it her mission to raise awareness of symptoms since she was diagnosed in 2016 at the age of 35.

When she announced in early May that she was stopping treatment for her condition, she continued to stress the importance of being alert for symptoms when using the toilet.

https://www.the-sun.com/health/5519116/sophie-wessex-dame-deborah-james-t-shirt/ Sophie Wessex supports Dame Deborah James by wearing a t-shirt to support the cancer activist’s BowelBabe fund

Sarah Y. Kim

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