A BBC podcast host and writer has launched a campaign to get herself cast on the next series of Strictly Come Dancing. Deborah James, who presents You, Me & The Big C on BBC Radio 5, is known as 'Bowel Babe' online – and has been raising awareness of bowel cancer and its symptoms since she herself was diagnosed with the disease. A close friend and co-presenter of Rachael Bland, the BBC presenter who died from breast cancer in September, the Strictly superfan is gaining support online, even getting a nod from London Underground poets All On The Board.
Deborah with You, Me & The Big C hosts Rachael Bland and Lauren Mahon
Posting a snap of their poem in tribute to Deborah at North Greenwich station, the official Instagram page wrote: "It was so amazing to meet the wonderful and inspirational Deborah James @bowelbabe today. She would absolutely smash it on @bbcstrictly. To the producers of Strictly Come Dancing, Strictly Dancers, Judges, Celebrities and anyone who can help, please get this incredible woman on the show and make her Strictly dreams come true."
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The campaign is being circulated with the hashtag #bowelbabeforstrictly, which Deborah is encouraging her followers to share. Having recently been given some good news from her doctors, she took to her own Instagram on Wednesday to write: "STABLE! Every Cancer patient knows that sigh of relief, the permission to breathe again, the new window of hope that starts. Never under estimate the power of one word. Yes I still have a challenge, yes I still have Cancer, but let’s continue to dance through the rain!"
She continued: "Obviously after the news, I got my dancing dress on and went to meet the wonderful N1 and E1 of @allontheboard who have created this amazing poem for a #bowelbabeforstrictly bid! It’s now up at North Greenwich station and I’ve even signed it! So please go visit when you are passing - and share the fun!"
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