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The One Show’s Alex Jones urges people to buy ‘beautiful’ Dame Deborah James rose as celebs support bloom at Chelsea Flower Show

The One Show presenter Alex Jones has encouraged people to buy the Dame Deborah James rose, which is currently on display at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show.

Many other celebs have been lining up to throw their support behind the bloom too, which also raises funds for author and podcast host Dame Deborah’s new cancer charity, Bowelbabe Fund.

BBC star Alex took to Instagram to share a photo of the potted rose at its stand with the attached information, calling the white and pink flower ‘beautiful’.

‘Bought this and spoke with @iamlaurenmahon at the stand. They had already raised 22K for @bowelbabefund,’ she wrote in the caption alongside the photo.

‘There are no words for how much one individual has managed to inspire a whole country. The rose is beautiful.’

‘Buy one if you can,’ the 45-year-old added.

The presenter sent out a plea to her followers (Picture: Instagram/alexjonesthomson)
Alex praised Dame Deborah as ‘inspirational’ and the rose as ‘beautiful’ (Picture: bowelbabe)

The rose can be pre-ordered now for Autumn 2022, with £2.50 from every sale going to Dame Deborah’s new Cancer Research UK fund.

Lauren Mahon, who co-hosted popular podcast You, Me and the Big C alongside Dame Deborah, was running the Chelsea Flower Show stand alongside The Harkness Rose Company on Monday and posted a slew of photos of stars, including Dame Joanna Lumley, presenter Gaby Roslin and Loose Women panellist and activist Katie Piper, posing with the rose.

Dame Deborah, who recently announced she is no longer having active cancer treatment and is under hospice care at her parents home until the end of her life, revealed that she cried when she was asked if she would accept having the rose named after her.

Dame Joanna Lumley also offered her support to the fundraising flower (Picture: Instagram/iamlaurenmahon)
Gaby asked people to buy it too, as they noted only the Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh had flowers named after them at Chelsea Flower Show too (Picture: Instagram/iamlaurenmahon)
Katie Piper posed with Dame Deborah’s podcast co-host Lauren Mahon and the rose (Picture: Instagram/iamlaurenmahon)
Model Jodie Kidd stopped by as well (Picture: Instagram/iamlaurenmahon)

Sharing that she was ‘honoured’ by the tribute, the 40-year-old revealed her hopes that her family could keep the rose in their lives long after she is gone, with it having a special place in her teenage daughter’s future wedding.

She admitted: ‘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.’

Dame Deborah had set up the BowelBabe Fund after revealing she was in hospice care and it has already amassed over £6.5million in donations to help raise awareness and research into bowel cancer, which she has battled for five years.

The podcaster and author received her DBE at home recently from Prince William (Picture: Graham Prentice/@bowelbabe)

Since revealing that she had ceased active treatment in a heartbreaking social media post, which saw donations smash her initial fundraising target of £250,000, Dame Deborah received her DBE at home from the Duke of Cambridge in person.

She has also launched a charity T-shirt with In The Style and brought forward the publication date of her second book, How To Live When You Could Be Dead.

The Dame Deborah James rose is available to pre-order now at worldofroses.com/damedeborah, with a donation of £2.50 from each rose going to her Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK.

 


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