INSPIRATIONAL Deborah James has been left overwhelmed after raising more than £4million for charity.

The hero Sun columnist has raked in more than 16 times her original £250,000 goal for Cancer Research UK.

Deborah, 40, launched the GoFundMe on Monday when she revealed she was on end-of-life care.

A-listers and royalty touched by the mum-of-two's story have all donated – helping the page reach well over £4million today.

Prince William and Kate Middleton left an undisclosed amount after praising Deborah, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016.

In a personal tweet, the couple added: "Every now and then, someone captures the heart of the nation with their zest for life & tenacious desire to give back to society.

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"@bowelbabe is one of those special people. Her tireless efforts to raise awareness of bowel cancer & end the stigma of treatment are inspiring.

"We are so sad to hear her recent update but pleased to support the @bowelbabef, which will benefit the @royalmarsdenNHS among others."

While Steve Bland, co-host of the You, Me And The Big C podcast alongside Deborah, also praised the bowel cancer campaigner.

Appearing on BBC Breakfast, he said: "It is amazing, but this is what Deborah does. Deborah deals in the extraordinary. This is what she has done for five years.

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"Everyone is focusing on the last five days, but actually Deb has been doing this for five years, ever since she was diagnosed with incurable cancer five years ago, and since then she has just been trying to help people.

"She has been banging the drum over and over and over and over – on bowel cancer symptoms, working hard to get drugs approved that she knew would help her but help loads of other people too.

"While the last five days have been amazing – the £4 million is incredible – there are people all over the country walking around enjoying their children's birthday parties because she has basically saved their lives."


Determined Deborah now wants to reach the £5million milestone by the weekend.

She said: “It’s surpassed all expectations. I’d love to get it to £5million by the end of the weekend.”

Husband Seb said the outpouring of love, support and donations has been hugely uplifting and heartwarming for the family during “this extremely difficult time”.

He added: “It has brought a piercing ray of light and hope into this, the darkest of times.

“She has campaigned tirelessly, often through adversity, and being recognised with a Damehood is something that she would never have dreamt of, but it is so truly deserved.”

It comes after Deborah was honoured with a Damehood for her "tireless campaigning".

Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and No 10 pulled out all the stops to honour the mum of two who has written for The Sun about her treatment and life since being diagnosed.

Prince William is thought to have been the driving force behind the honour.

He worked behind the scenes to make sure that she got her damehood.

The Sun also led calls for her to be recognised.

Deborah told of her shock at being made a Dame saying: “OMFG, this is crazy.”

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The brave ex-deputy head added: “I don’t know what to say. I’m blown away and feel incredibly honoured.

“I don’t feel like I deserve this. I can’t tell you what this means to my family, it’s so much to take in.”

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