Deborah James blown away and crying as she responds to donations of £1.3m

BBC podcast host Deborah James has described herself as “blown away and crying” after raising £1.3million in less than 24 hours for Cancer Research.

The cancer-stricken mum-of-two, who is now on home hospice care, wrote: “I’m actually crying! It’s overwhelming to think we can continue to help fund some really vital projects with this money."

In Deborah's 'final' column for The Sun she spoke about the incredible donations her BowelBabe fund received since it's launch on Monday

The cancer-stricken former teacher, wrote: "In just 16 hours we’ve already raised a staggering £1.1million.

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

Since penning her column, donations have surged again to nearly £1.4million.

Deborah, 40, 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 is suffering from stage four bowel cancer, wrote a heartbreaking “goodbye” post on 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 the Bowel 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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