Cancer charities set for more than £7m boost from Bowelbabe Fund

Cancer Research UK is among the charities that are set to receive more than £7.5m through fundraising by the journalist Deborah James.

This includes about £6.7m through the Bowelbabe Fund, which was set up by James last month after the reporter and podcaster announced that she had decided not to receive any further medical treatment for cancer. 

The fund will support CRUK, The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and Bowel Cancer UK.

It raised £3.6m in the first four days after it opened, with another £3m donated in the month since. Yesterday evening the amount raised stood at £6.7m

Another £1m could be raised from the sale of T-shirts, books and flowers in James’ honour, according to an interview in The Sun newspaper

James said last month that she knew her life was “coming to an end very soon”.

She has also been made a dame, when Prince William praised her “tireless efforts” to raise money and awareness for cancer charities.

Michelle Mitchell, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, said last month that James had “shown an incredible commitment to campaigning, fundraising and raising awareness of cancer

She said: We’ve been overwhelmed by the support for the Bowelbabe Fund so far and it’s a true testament to how many people’s lives Deborah has touched with her honesty, humour and compassion.”

The money raised will be used to support clinical trials and research into cancer treatments.

- This article was updated on 7 June 2022 to reflect the fact that charities in addition to Cancer Research UK will be receiving some of the funds

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