Lorraine Kelly getting 'Rebellious Hope' tattoo in honour of Dame Deborah James

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Lorraine Kelly was close to Dame Deborah James. (ITV)
Lorraine Kelly was close to Dame Deborah James. (ITV)

Lorraine Kelly has revealed that she is getting a tattoo in honour of Dame Deborah James.

The talk show host, 62, was close to the late podcast host - who died in June at the age of 40 after battling bowel cancer - and was among the mourners at her funeral this week.

Paying tribute on her ITV chat show, Kelly said it had been "beautiful send off" that was a celebration of "an amazing, amazing woman".

Read more: Dame Deborah James dies of bowel cancer aged 40

And she shared that some of those at the service had agreed to get a tattoo of Dame Deborah's well-known phrase "Rebellious Hope".

Dame Deborah James died at 40 after battling cancer. (Getty)
Dame Deborah James died at 40 after battling cancer. (Getty)

She said: "I think yesterday there was a whole bunch of us who said we are going to get tattoos with 'Rebellious Hope' on them.

"I think I agreed to it."

Kelly said Dame Deborah was the only person she would do that for.

Lorraine Kelly at the funeral of Dame Deborah James at St Mary's Church in Barnes. Picture date: Wednesday July 20, 2022.
Lorraine Kelly was at the funeral of Dame Deborah James. (PA)

Kelly also said that as well as all of her fundraising and work to raise awareness, Dame Deborah's son Hugo, 14, and daughter Eloise, 12, were her legacy.

"We talk about her legacy and her legacy is astonishing, what she's done to raise awareness," she said.

"But her legacy is also her children and they are, wow, they are incredible, incredible young people. They really are."

Dame Deborah was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016.

In May this year she penned a moving message on Instagram, saying that she had moved to hospice care as her body was no longer "playing ball".

She set up the Bowel Babe fund in her name, which will support Cancer Research UK, The Institute of Cancer Research, The Royal Marsden hospital and promoting cancer awareness among younger people.

The family of Dame Deborah James, (left to right) husband Sebastien Bowen, son Hugo Bowen, and daughter Eloise Bowen, leaving her funeral service at St Mary's Church in Barnes, west London. Picture date: Wednesday July 20, 2022.
The family of Dame Deborah James at her funeral service. (PA)

And in the last weeks of her life, Dame Deborah helped to raise more than seven million.

Read more: Dame Deborah James: Adele Roberts and Julia Bradbury lead tributes to cancer campaigner

She passed away peacefully on 28 June, surrounded by her loved ones.

Watch: Friends and family bid farewell to Deborah James at intimate service

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