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THE Sun on Sunday is challenging YOU to lace up your trainers in honour of Dame Deborah James.

The 40-year-old Sun writer passed away on Tuesday, five years and seven months after being diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer.

4The Sun On Sunday is challenging you to pull on your trainers and run to help boost Dame Deborah James' appeal to £10millionCredit: bowelbabe/instagram 4Taking part is mum-of-two Donia Youssef who, because of Deborah's campaigning, got an early diagnosis and surgery to remove a Stage 1 tumour in her bowelCredit: JOHN McLELLAN

In her final weeks, Dame Debs launched her BowelBabe Fund — ­raising money for cancer research to save the lives of others.

She smashed her £250,000 target in a matter of days, raising a staggering £6.8million before her death.

Now we are calling on you to help realise Debs’ dream of seeing the fund hit £ 10 million.

The mum-of-two loved to run, often jogging to and from appointments at The Royal Marsden.

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She ran with her kids, Eloise, 12, and Hugo, 14, completed marathons and took part in Race For Life events.

So in her memory, we want you to challenge yourself, your kids, friends and family to run or walk any ­distance, from 1km to whatever you can manage, and donate what you can to her cause.

‘I owe my life to her’

Taking part is mum-of-two Donia Youssef. Last summer, the 44-year-old, from Grays, Essex, spotted blood in her poo, and because of Deborah’s ­campaigning got checked out straight away, leading to an early diagnosis and surgery to remove a Stage 1 tumour.

She said: “I owe my life to Deborah. If I hadn’t spotted the signs so early, it would have been a very different story. 

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“This is a fantastic idea to remember her. My girls are ten and seven now, and I want them to know why Mummy is still here, and to spread the word.”

In April 2017, Donia was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and treated at The Royal Marsden, in Fulham, South West London — the same ­hospital that treated Debs.

She said: “I started running and ­walking, to challenge myself but also to lose some of the weight I’d gained from my treatment.

“I did a series of 10k and 5k runs, as well as charity walks organised by The Royal Marsden. 

“On those walks and runs, I remember seeing Deborah. She was a cheery ball of energy.”

Dame Debs shared her journey in her online Sun ­column, Things ­Cancer Made Me Say.

In February 2020, just before the first lockdown, she revealed that ­running was her way of proving to herself that she was still alive.

Debs wrote: “My scans showed no ­evidence of any active disease. I’d ­convinced myself that my new aches and pains were new tumours. But I decided to run to the ­hospital to get my results — to try to tell myself I might be wrong. 

“Running to the Royal Marsden has become one of my coping ­mechanisms. If I can run 8km, I can’t be dying.” 

Running coach Gemma Hillier Walker was diagnosed with Stage 3 Burkitt’s lymphoma — a rare cancer — in 2012. Running has helped her recovery. 

The former GB athlete and founder of Move, which helps people with cancer to exercise, says running was her saviour during chemotherapy.

She said: “Running helped me to focus on what I could control rather than focusing on things out of my control.” 

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Deborah’s fund, which currently stands at just over £7.2million, will be divided between Cancer Research UK, Bowel Cancer UK and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

Comedian Sarah Mills, 32, from Stepney, East London, will be walking to raise money.

 She was diagnosed with Stage 3C bowel cancer in 2018 after she spotted blood in her poo.

In March 2018, she had an eight-inch tumour removed and went on to have six months of chemo.

Throughout her treatment, she was inspired by Debs’ incredible spirit. 

Sarah said: “Without her I would have lost the will to push forward. Her bravery also partially inspired me ­to switch careers to do stand-up comedy.”

If you fancy taking part, but fear you are not up to the challenge, ­Deborah had some sage advice.

She said: “Sometimes you just need somebody to ­persuade you to do something. And sometimes you end up doing some brilliant things.”

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Michelle Mitchell, chief executive at Cancer Research UK, said: “We’re honoured and grateful to have had Deborah’s support. 

“She loved being active and was a passionate and proud ambassador for Race For Life.” 

4Comedian Sarah Mills, 32, from East London, will be walking to raise money. She was diagnosed with Stage 3C bowel cancer in 2018 after she spotted blood in her pooCredit: Darren Fletcher 4Running coach Gemma Hillier Walker was diagnosed with Stage 3 Burkitt’s lymphoma — a rare cancer — in 2012. Running has helped her recovery WHAT YOU CAN DO
  • CHALLENGE yourself to complete a sponsored run or walk. From park fun runs to full-on marathons – nothing is too big or too small.
  • DONATE the cash you raise to Deborah’s BowelBabe Fund. It’s at 
  • TELL us about it! Email news of your efforts to [email protected]

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Moon sign dates: What are my sun and moon signs?

ASTROLOGY novices might think their Sun star sign is all that matters when it comes to the zodiac.

But according to astrologers, your true nature can only be revealed by delving deeper into your entire natal chart - and your Moon sign is seen as the window to your inner world.



What is my sun sign?

In astrology, your Sun sign denotes where the sun was located in the zodiac on the day you were born.

This is what people typically want to know when they ask for your "star sign".

However, this is a common misnomer, as astrologers reveal there is much more to your horoscope than just your Sun sign.

The sun sign dictates the way you present yourself to others - it shows your key personality traits when you are around your friends and can indicate what you want and need in life.

Each Sun sign has positive and negative connotations.

You can find out your sun sign simply by seeing when your birthday falls within the dates below.

  • Aries: March 21 – April 19
  • Taurus: April 20 – May 20
  • Gemini: May 21 – June 20
  • Cancer: June 21 – July 22
  • Leo: July 23 – August 22
  • Virgo: August 23 – September 22
  • Libra: September 23 – October 22
  • Scorpio: October 23 – November 21
  • Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21
  • Capricorn: December 22 – January 19
  • Aquarius: January 20 – February 18
  • Pisces: February 19 – March 20

If you want to delve deeper into the meaning of your Sun sign, you can check Mystic Meg's star sign guide.

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The Moon sign is considered the second most important influence in your horoscope chart after the sun.

Your Moon sign holds the key to understanding your emotions and deeper nature.

If your Sun sign represents ego, your Moon sign represents your inner life.

But finding what it is isn't as simple as looking at your date of birth.

Because of the moon's rotation around Earth, you need to know the location of your birth to discover your lunar chart placement.

The moon moves quickly around the zodiac, visiting each sign for about two and a half days.

Here's how to calculate your Moon sign:

  • Find out the exact time you were born - the more precise, the more accurate your natal chart will be
  • Keep in mind your date and location of birth - to figure out where the moon was when you were born
  • Use a free astrology birth chart calculator to get your full chart - including your Sun, Moon and Rising sign

Your moon sign is likely to differ from your sun sign - i.e. you might be a Taurus sun, but your lunar sign might be in Sagittarius.

What does my moon sign mean?

Your Moon sign can reveal some truths about your inner world that you might be keeping hidden from the people around you.

But bear in mind that astrology is not an exact science and your astrological profile is a mix of many factors.

To get the most accurate horoscope, you need to consider all placements in your astrological chart together.

However, some valuable conclusions can be drawn from your moon sign - so find out yours and come back to see what it means.


Aries moons are direct and blunt when expressing emotions.

As the first sign of the Zodiac and a typical representation of the element of fire, Aries are fuelled by excitement and adventure, and will never miss out on a challenge.

If your moon is in this sign, you probably have a big emotional response to provocation and are likely to adopt an act first, think later approach to life.

The ultimate challenge for an Aries moon is to remain calm and level-headed in heated situations and to balance their quick emotional responses with a more steady outlook.


Taurus moons are creatures of comfort and luxury lifestyle.

They thrive when surrounded by their favourite things and can get protective over their personal space and belongings.

They can also be stubborn when it comes to love - as having a routine and a methodical plan of action is imperial to them, making compromising with their significant other a struggle.


There's nothing more important for Gemini moons than good communication.

Their curious, witty, intelligent nature demands constant intellectual stimulation and they like being surrounded by interesting people they could talk to.

Nervousness and restlessness are common with this lunar position, which often translates into Gemini moons being really talkative and sometimes overbearing.

They dislike falling into a routine and are constantly on the lookout for personal connections, making them very adventurous and dynamic when it comes to love and friendships.


As the natural ruler of Cancer, the moon is 'at home' in this sign.

This makes Cancer moons natural homebodies.

They are empathetic and extremely emotional and can get territorial when it comes to their possessions or love interests.

If your moon is in this sign, you are no stranger to nostalgia and pining over past events and people, and tend to get easily emotionally attached.


Leo moons may expect their loved ones to shower them with affection, as attention is the Leo love language.

They love nothing more than to be in the spotlight and thrive when given the opportunity to shine.

But on a more emotional level, people with their lunar placement in this sign love deeply and unconditionally and will reciprocate all the attention they receive.


Virgo moons are practical, reserved, and always brutally honest.

People with Virgo placements are the perfectionists of the Zodiac.

They expect the best from everyone around them, and even more so from themselves.

Although Virgo moons tend to come off cold and even rude at times, they will always be extremely loyal and dedicated in their relationships.

If your moon is in this sign, you might benefit from surrounding yourself with people who can lift the mood and make you laugh - those will be the people who can help you through all your anxieties.

4 Libra

For Libra moons, it's all about peace and harmony.

They are creatures of love and comfort and will avoid conflict at any cost.

But be careful - their drive to avoid ruffling any feathers could quickly turn into people-pleasing.

In their friendships and partnerships, they value equality and like-mindedness and seek someone who understands them on a deep emotional level.


Scorpio moons are the most secretive of signs, as these creatures tend to bury their emotions and inner worlds deeper than anyone.

Their cool, level-headed facade is almost impenetrable.

But Scorpio moons have a rich emotional world inside of them - they are intuitive and in tune with the feelings of the people around them.

And if you are one of the lucky ones to get a glimpse of their inner selves, you will be rewarded with intense passion and loyalty.


Sagittarius moons are spontaneous and adventure-seeking souls who thrive when they are on the move.

They tend to be easy-going and emotionally uncomplicated, as they live in the moment and quickly let go of any complex feelings.

If you have this lunar placement you crave freedom and don't like being tied down, but you are sometimes terrified of emotional commitment.

Deep down, you crave genuine connections with like-minded people you can explore the world with.


Capricorn moons tend to treat physical and emotional relationships with the same seriousness they apply to the rest of their lives.

The most organised and goal-driven, this sign might sometimes appear stiff and emotionless.

But their inner world hides a secret - underneath their hard exterior, Capricorn moons protect a deep vulnerability and desire to be understood.

If this is your lunar placement, you are not just looking for love - but also for an equally-ambitious and driven life partner who will help you conquer the world.


Aquarius placements are the humanitarians of the Zodiac.

They always speak out for the vulnerable, and they support the underdogs and the ones who need it the most.

Aquarius moons are natural empaths and live and breathe ideas to make the world a better place for everyone in it.

This makes them appear 'quirky', idealistic, and sometimes weird, but that is what makes them so unique.

In a relationship, they look at the big picture and don't get hung up on minute conflicts.

But they don't trust just anyone with their emotions - they would rather keep everyone at an arm's length, which makes them a mystery to the people around them.


Pisces moons are gentle, sympathetic and extremely emotionally vulnerable.

They are an open book and can't help but spill their feelings to everyone who would listen.

Caring and kind, they tend to display a giving side in their relationships, putting their partner's emotions and needs above their own.

If you have this placement, you need to learn to protect yourself from people who might be taking advantage of your selfless nature.

What star signs are most compatible?

Love is a complex thing... and so are the ways of the stars.

Your Moon sign can help guide your love life.

Because Moon signs govern our emotionality, they can make an impact on our love lives.

Two people with the same Sun sign and different Moon signs might have a totally different approach to love.

Check out this handy grid from Cafe Astrology to see if your sign matches up with your beloved - it can be used for both sun and moon signs, though separately.

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