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Deborah James’ ‘mind blown’ as cash rolls in for cancer fund she launched

Deborah James (Ian West/PA)
Deborah James (Ian West/PA)

Podcast host Deborah James said she is “absolutely mind blown” by people’s generosity as hundreds of thousands of pounds have been donated to the cancer fund she launched.

The popular presenter of the BBC podcast You, Me And The Big C announced on Monday she had set up the Bowelbabe Fund as she disclosed she has moved to hospice-at-home care to treat her terminal bowel cancer.

The fund has since received donations of nearly £1.6 million, a figure which James admitted has exceeded all her expectations and made her feel “utterly loved”.

In a clip shared from an interview due to be broadcast on BBC Breakfast on Wednesday, she said: “I had a figure in my mind of about a quarter of a million, because I thought that would be enough to fund a good couple of projects across the charities that I wanted to fund.

“But in 24 hours to do a million, I’m like absolutely mind blown and I just cannot thank people enough for their generosity.

“Because it just means so much to me. It makes me feel utterly loved.

“It makes me feel like we’re all kind of in it at the end together and we all want to make a difference.”

James was diagnosed with the condition in 2016 and since then has kept her nearly 500,000 Instagram followers up to date with her treatments, with candid posts about her progress and diagnosis.

The podcast host said she “always knew” she wanted to set up the fund before she died, and had she known what little time she had she would have set it up six months ago.

She hopes that the fund will continue working on some of the things that helped her life, such as innovative drug studies.

James added: “Ultimately, what I really want to happen is, I don’t want any other Deborah’s to have to go through this.”