DEBORAH James has shared her joy after her campaign for fashion brand In The Style raised £1million for charity.
The Sun writer, 40, says the show’s Rebellious Hope message is “keeping her going” as she receives end-of-life treatment for colon cancer.
The money going to the BowelBabe Fund comes from sales of her new collection following the overwhelming success of her Rebellious Hope t-shirt.
Speaking on Instagram today, she said: “Wow! 1 million pounds!
“I’m honestly so overwhelmed.”
She said she found out about the “insane” sum after In The Style founder Adam Frisby visited her at her parents’ home in Woking, Surrey.
“We had a little toast to celebrate,” she wrote.
“I just can’t believe it!
“What’s funny is when In The Style released the first t-shirt we both said how amazing it would be to have raised £50,000 so it’s just so amazing that I’m still here and seeing that it’s over £1million!”
Dame Deb said the message on her best-selling t-shirt meant a lot to her.
“‘Rebellious Hope’ has gotten me through the last few years and is now keeping me going!” She said.
“Seeing all of your messages, tags and support was just the best and I’m so grateful we made it together!”
The mum told The Sun that her greatest comfort is seeing how “amazing” husband Seb is with their children Hugo, 14, and Eloise, 12.
“The biggest thing for me right now, since I don’t know how long I have left, is that the kids are going to be okay,” she said.
“Seb is a great father, he’s incredibly good with both of them.
“I have absolutely no concerns about what is going to happen to the children.
“He has a crush on them and I know they won’t want for anything.
“He loves her so much and I know he’ll love her for me too when I’m gone.”
Reflecting on the men in her life ahead of Father’s Day tomorrow, she said: “I can’t stop crying. I’m incredibly lucky, it’s hard to put it all into words.
“For me, this year is about my father and Seb, but also about the men in my life who hopefully one day will also be fathers, my son and my brother.
“I can’t really grasp the fact that I won’t be here to see that. It breaks me.”
Rebellious Hope has gotten me through the past few years and keeps me going now
It came as she released a poignant message for tomorrow, welcoming her father Alistair.
She said she’ll have a whiskey or two with him and celebrate him as her “unsung hero.”
Deborah left the hospital over a month ago for end-of-life treatment at her parents’ home.
With only days—weeks at most—to live, she was determined to make it count.
The cancer activist went into overdrive, raising £6.7million for her BowelBabe Fund.
And after The Sun launched a campaign in honor of our columnist, Debs was made a dame one day – and had invited Prince William to tea to celebrate.
To donate to the BowelBabe Fund, visit www.bowelbabe.org
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