Deborah James chokes back tears as she reaches £2million donations to cancer research

BBC podcaster Deborah James choked back tears as she thanked everyone who has donated to her fundraiser – which has so far raised £2million and counting.

The presenter, 40, said she felt “utterly loved” and was “absolutely mind blown” at the figure.

Deborah launched the 'bowel babe' fund for Cancer Research UK this week, after heartbreakingly telling fans she has moved onto end-of-life care for her bowel cancer.

Deborah, who is known for her podcast Me and the Big C, said that setting up a fund for cancer treatments is something she's always wanted to do since being diagnosed with bowel cancer five years ago.

“Ultimately, what I really want to happen is I don't want any other Deborahs to have to go through this,” she said.

She continued to the BBC: “We know that when we catch cancer early, we can cure it. We know that much more investment needs to take place in cancer. We know that we have the skills and the passion in the UK to do so. But I just feel that, we still need that reminder, that boost and that money.

“And so before I died, the one thing I knew I wanted to do was set up a fund that can continue working on some of the things that gave me life, such as the innovative drug studies, because if it wasn't for some of the drugs that I was put on early – that gave me two years of extra life and that could be somebody else's life.”

Deborah added that she had hoped the fundraiser would raise around £250,000, so was shocked at its huge success.

“I thought that would be enough to fund a couple of projects across charities I wanted to fund. 24 hours to do a million and I'm absolutely mind blown,” she said. “I just cannot thank people enough for their generosity because it just means so much to me.

“It makes me feel utterly loved. But it makes me feel like we’re all kind of – in at the end together and we all want to make a difference and say you know what? Screw you cancer. We can do better. We can do better for people and we just need to show it who’s boss.”

In Deborah's final column forThe Sun,she spoke about the incredible donations her bowel babe fund has received since its launch on Monday.

The former teacher wrote: "In just 16 hours we’ve already raised a staggering £1.1million [the amount at the time of writing].

“I’m just blown away, never in my wildest dreams did I think we’d hit that total in just 16 hours”.

She explained: “I always knew that there was one thing I wanted to do before I died. Over the years I have raised as much awareness and money for the charities that are closest to me: Cancer Research UK.; The Royal Marsden; and Bowel Cancer UK."

On Monday Deborah, who has stage four bowel cancer, wrote aheartbreaking “goodbye” poston social media, revealing that her “body isn’t playing ball” and that she’d been moved to hospice care at home.

In the same post, she implored her followers and fans to “buy me a drink to see me out of this world” by donating to theBowel Babe Fund.

She wrote in her column: “It’s making me very emotional to see the outpouring of love. Thank you – I’d love nothing more than for you to help it continue to flourish.

Heartbreakingly she also wrote about being 'scared of dying and her wishes for her children.

The doting mother shared her lost hopes of watching them grow up and attend their weddings, while expressing her love for her young family.

At the end of her column, Deborah shared her life lessons, writing: "I suppose it would be weird to leave my column without saying a few final things: find a life worth enjoying; take risks; love deeply; have no regrets; and always, always have rebellious hope.

“And finally, check your poo – it might just save your life.”

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