Deborah James’ cancer research fundraiser reaches £5,000,000

Deborah James is continuing to raise an incredible amount of money for Cancer Research UK after moving to end-of-life hospice care, with the total now having topped £5million.

This week it was announced that the podcaster, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016 and co-hosted the podcast You, Me and the Big C, had been awarded a Damehood for her charity work.

Admitting that she felt as though she didn’t ‘deserve’ the recognition, the 40-year-old said that she felt ‘blown away and humbled’ to be made a Dame while thanking everyone for the support she’s received over the years.

Her fundraiser, titled the Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK, has now reached an astonishing £5.2m, with almost 250,000 people donating so far.

The JustGiving page was only set up on Monday, making the achievement that much more staggering after she initially set a target of £250,000, thus raising more than 20 times her goal.

In a post shared on Instagram, it was revealed that the fundraiser reached the milestone ‘after an incredibly generous donation’.

‘Thanks to an incredibly generous donation earlier today, and to every single person who’s donated to the @bowelbabefund, we’ve just reached the unbelievable total of £5m. We’re completely lost for words,’ the post read.

‘This is all just beyond anything we could have ever imagined. The last 5 days have been surreal. Thank you for putting a huge smile on my face, and helping us to launch a legacy to hopefully impact a lifetime cutting edge cancer care.’