Fund set up by the cancer campaigner Deborah James raises more than £3.6m in four days

More than £3.6m has been raised for Cancer Research UK in just four days through a fund set up by the journalist Deborah James.

James, who was diagnosed with incurable bowel cancer in 2016 and has been hosting a podcast called You, Me and the Big C, worked with the charity to create the Bowelbabe Fund, which will support clinical trials and research into cancer.

The fund opened to donations on Monday as James, who is 40 years old and also writes for The Sun newspaper, ended active medical treatment, saying that she knew her life was “coming to an end very soon”.

Thanking donors on the Bowelbabe Fund JustGiving page, James wrote: “Your support in establishing the Bowelbabe Fund will help so many more people benefit, like I have, from the amazing work of these causes in the many years to come.”

She had initially aimed to raise £250,000.

Michelle Mitchell, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, said“Since being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016, Deborah James has shown an incredible commitment to campaigning, fundraising and raising awareness of cancer.

"Even in this most challenging time, her determination to raise money and awareness is inspiring and we’re honoured to be supporting Deborah and her family in establishing the Bowelbabe Fund.

"This fund will raise awareness of cancer alongside funds for clinical trials and research into personalised medicine, with the aim of creating new and kinder treatments for cancer patients and giving them more time with their loved ones.

"The fund will support the work of Cancer Research UK and those causes she and her family are passionate about, for example Bowel Cancer UK, The Institute of Cancer Research and The Royal Marsden.

“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.”


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