Deborah James said she 'cried' after raising £1 million for her fundraiser overnight.
The BBC star launched her fundraiser Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK to raise support for the cause, after revealing she had been moved to hospice care at home.
Deborah, 40, was diagnosed with advanced and incurable bowel cancer in 2016.
The broadcaster said: “I’m just blown away, I never thought we’d get to that number in 12 hours."
She went on to tell The Sun: "It makes me emotional to see the outpouring of love.”
Deborah's fund had surpassed his initial target of £250,000 and at the time of publication had over £1.3million in the pot, an eye-watering 528 per cent more than her target.
Deborah wrote on her Instagram stories: "I never in my wildest dreams thought we'd be waking up to this total 12 hours later. I'm actually crying!"
Launching the fund on Monday night, Deborah urged her followers to donate to the cause.
The Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK is one of Deborah's many endeavours to raise money and support for research into bowel cancer.
The website reads: "All money raised will be allocated, with the support of CRUK [Cancer Research UK] to funding causes & projects that I really care about."
Deborah was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in 2016 and has spent the past five years trying to raise awareness for the disease.
The 40-year-old wrote in a heartbreaking post on Instagram: "I always knew there was one thing I always wanted to do before I died.
“I have always over the years raised as much awareness and money for the charities that are closest to me. @cr_uk @royalmarsden @bowelcanceruk
“As a result, the @bowelbabefund is being established and I’d love nothing more than for you to help it flourish.
“Please visit bowelbabe.org for all the info and to donate.
“All I ask is if you ever read a column, followed my Instagram, listened to the podcast or saw me dressed as a poo for no reason.
“Please buy me a drink to see me out this world, by donating the cost to @bowelbabefund which will enable us to raise funds for further life-saving research into cancer. To give more Deborah’s more time!”
Deborah, who is a columnist for The Sun 'Things Cancer Made Me Say', revealed she is now in hospice care at home because her "body just can’t continue".
She wrote last night: "The message I never wanted to write. We have tried everything, but my body simply isn’t playing ball.
"My active care has stopped and I am now moved to hospice at-home care, with my incredible family all around me and the focus is on making sure I’m not in pain and spending time with them.
"Nobody knows how long I’ve got left but I’m not able to walk, I’m sleeping most of the days, and most things I took for granted are pipe dreams.
"I know we have left no stone unturned.
"But even with all the innovative cancer drugs in the world or some magic new breakthrough, my body just can’t continue anymore.
"In over five years of writing about how I thought it would be my final Christmas, how I wouldn’t see my 40th birthday nor see my kids go to secondary school – I never envisaged writing the one where I would actually say goodbye.
"I think it’s been the rebellious hope in me.”
Visit bowelbabe.org to make a donation.
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