Heroic campaigner Deborah, 40, explained that she had told her sibling to go on the trip as he had planned it for ages, warning him to ‘not come back under any circumstances’
Dame Deborah James has bid an emotional goodbye to her brother as he heads off on holiday to the US.
The heroic campaigner, 40, explained that she had told her sibling to go on the trip as he had planned it for ages, warning him to “not come back under any circumstances.
Deborah is receiving end-of-life care at her parents’ house in Woking after a brave five-year battle with terminal bowel cancer.
The mum-of-two has been documenting her cancer battle over the years, helping raise awareness of bowel cancer symptoms.
Speaking to The Sun, she said of her brother Ben: “He’s off on holiday to the US tomorrow. I have told him they have to go, they’ve planned the trip for ages. I also told him he must not come back, under any circumstances.
“He says he’ll come home.
“It’ll be horrible saying goodbye to him. I can’t really think about it right now.”
To celebrate Father’s Day at the weekend, Deborah shared a heartbreaking photo of her doting dad brushing her hair, revealing she has “no strength” left to do it herself.
Deborah wrote: “Happy Father’s Day! Yes, my Dad is brushing my hair because I have no strength anymore to brush this.
She also spoke of her sadness at not being able to see her brother’s children following his engagement to partner Ashley.
Deborah said at the time: “He finally put a ring on it. If you follow me, you will know brother banter features highly, and even Prince William got in on the action recently.
“The question to my brother has always been, ‘why haven’t you proposed?'”
Speaking to the publication, Deborah burst into tears at not being able to see her nieces and nephews, nor be at their wedding.
She said: “My brother will be the most amazing dad. I am so pleased he is engaged, I love Ashley and they are so happy together.
“I have watched him with my kids over the years, and especially recently. He’s that incredible fun uncle, he and Ashley spoil them rotten.
“And he’s wonderful with his godchildren too.
“It breaks my heart that I won’t see their kids, or see the dad he will be.”