BBC Breakfasts Sally Nugent fights tears as she pays tribute to dying co-star

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BBC Breakfast was a sombre place to be on Tuesday morning (May 10) as Sally Nugent was left fighting back tears on the red sofa.

Sally and her co-host Dan Walker were paying an emotional tribute to their co-star and BBC colleague Deborah James, who yesterday announced on social media that she had moved to "hospice-at-home" care during her fight with bowel cancer.

On the programme, Dan told viewers: "Now, many of you will know Deborah James. She is the presenter of You, Me and the Big C podcast and she's been on this programme many times as well.

"We have been fortunate enough to have her not only on the sofa, but during the pandemic we spoke to her on numerous occasions, didn't we?"

Sally continued: "Sadly, Deborah – who was diagnosed with bowel cancer five years ago – shared a message on her Instagram account yesterday saying she's now been moved to hospice-at-home care.

"These are her words now: 'The message I never wanted to write. We've tried everything, but my body simply isn't playing ball'."

Sally's voice was thick with tears as she continued to read out the message, and Dan was forced to take over.

"Deborah has now announced she's set up the Bowel Babe fund in her name, to try and raise money for cancer research," he explained.

"She included links to some of the charities closer to her, including Cancer Research UK, The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and Bowel Cancer UK.

"And there's been so much money, hasn't there, donated?" he asked Sally, who emotionally nodded.

Dan added: "I think just over £700,000 already in the last few hours since she put that out last night, which is an incredible amount of money. I think the point was she wanted people to buy her a drink, but buy her a drink in terms of giving money to those charities."

Gathering herself together, Sally agreed: "Well she is succeeding in that so far."

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