Deborah James beams as she celebrates her brother’s engagement by throwing his ‘last’ party

Dame Deborah James announced this morning that her brother had proposed to his partner, with the charity campaigner throwing the couple an engagement party to celebrate their exciting news

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Dame Deborah James has shared her excitement over her brother’s proposal to her partner this week, with the special occasion giving her an excuse to throw her “last” party.

The 40-year-old podcaster, who is receiving end-of-life care after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016, shared the news with her 900,000 followers on Instagram this morning.

She announced earlier that her brother Benjamin James had proposed to his girlfriend of 11 years Ashley Hall, Deborah throwing them an engagement party.

The charity campaigner said she ‘couldn’t be prouder’ to share the news, but told her followers she was ‘sad’ that she couldn’t attend the couple’s upcoming wedding.







Dame Deborah James (front left) has announced that her brother Benjamin James (rear) has become engaged to partner Ashley Hall (front right)
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Deborah – whose Bowelbabe fund has raised over £6m for Cancer Research UK – announced the news with photos of herself with the couple themselves.

She is seen beaming with excitement as she points to the engagement ring, with another photo showing the BBC podcast host holding Ashley’s hand in front of the camera.

Alongside the photos, Deborah wrote in the caption, “He finally put a ring on it. Congratulations to [Benjamin and Ashley] for finally getting engaged after 11 years.”







Deborah said she ‘couldn’t be prouder’ of the engagement news
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She said fans who have listened to her podcasts over the years will remember that “brother banter is very present” and that Prince William even once participated.

Deborah – who has two children, Hugo and Eloise, with husband Sebastian Bowen – said “everyone” in the family knew Benjamin and Ashley wanted to get engaged.

“It was always apparently about the ‘right time’. So they finally did it and then FaceTimed me from Cornwall. […] My mouth was still open for the rest of the day,” she said.







She threw an engagement party for the couple
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Deborah said she “couldn’t be prouder to say” Ashley will be her sister-in-law, adding, “I adore her.” She said Ashley made her brother happy and vice versa.

“Of course I’m sad not to see the wedding, but it gave me an excuse to throw my last impromptu party,” Deborah continued in the post about her brother’s engagement.

The You, Me and the Big C podcast host said she organized the party with the help of her sister and niece, noting that the ‘kids baked a cake’ but ended up making a little of disorder.







Deborah said her daughter Eloise (left) inherited her talent for throwing parties
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Deborah said she loves ‘arranging tablescapes and parties’, adding: ‘Although this is the last for me, Eloise has really outdone me now so I feel thrilled to be able to pass on the train trait. festive.”

She suggested in the recent post that the transmission of the trait was unintentional, explaining, “A memory created without us even trying to make it a memory. Win.”

And she commented in the post that her body “stayed awake” for a few hours allowing her to celebrate the engagement with her family, with the rain “thankfully” holding back too.

Deborah concluded by teasing her family, writing on social media, “Ashley has officially welcomed a slightly crazy family, but we couldn’t be happier to have you here.”

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