Lorraine Kelly and pals inspired by friend Deborah James to take part in Race for Life

Lorraine Kelly and her pals have taken part in Cancer Research‘s Race for Life to honour their pal Deborah James.

The Scots presenter and her team from the ITV show decided to take part in the run after Deborah, known as Bowel Babe online, revealed that she is receiving end of life care.

The 40-year-old has been battling bowel cancer since 2016 and has been on an awareness raising mission to break the stigma surrounding bowel cancer.

Lorraine took to Instagram once the team had completed the course, and wrote: “@crukraceforlife tonight! Can’t begin to tell you how much I love all of these fabulous women in my @lorraine team. Blessed to work with them – and all of us inspired by the force of nature that is @bowelbabe #friends #raceforlife.”

On the ITV show today, Lorraine shared pictures of the event and revealed that Deborah had sent in a message for the team.

Deborah James shares emotional message to Lorraine

Deborah appeared via a pre-recorded video message following their fundraising efforts.

She said: “Deborah said: “Hello Team Lorraine! Firstly congratulations on running Race For Life last night to celebrate life, to celebrate why we’re all here and to raise vital funds. I am doing OK , I am stable and stable is a good thing. I’m taking life slowly.

“I’m not on social media too much and just spending time in the garden with my family, a much slower pace of life, which is not what I’m used to. Physically I’m quite tired but mentally I’m still a campaigner, still asking people to check their poo. I’m still on it about getting that messaging on loo roll across the country.

“The No Butts campaign – absolutely we want it spread far and wide. So a bit about Race For Life – let me tell you why it’s so important. I’ve been an ambassador for them since 2019 – you can walk it, everybody can join in, your kids can be there, you can celebrate life, celebrate somebody else’s life.

Dame Deborah James has raised a staggering £6.5million for her bowel cancer fundraiser
Dame Deborah James has raised a staggering £6.5million for her bowel cancer fundraiser

“But it is about having fun and that is why Race For Life is so important to me. Well done Team Lorraine for doing it last night and hello Lorraine! I think I’m taking life day by day, as I said at the beginning, I’m just continuing to feel blessed to have another day, knowing that my time is limited.

“But at the same time, truth be told, I’ve already outlived – yet again – what I was told when I was sent home from the hospital!

“Even I’m a bit surprised but I think it’s having that sense of purpose, getting involved and continuing with the campaign.”

*Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV

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