The cancer-fighting charity set up by

The cancer-fighting charity set up by  has smashed the £7million milestone a day after her death was announced as leads tributes praising the fundraiser as ‘an inspiration whose legacy will live on’.

The  saw a surge in donations, pushing past £6.8m in the hours after it was revealed the 40-year-old mother-of-two had lost her battle with the disease and has now passed £7million and continues to rise.

In her final weeks, the presenter of the podcast You, Me And The Big C raised the huge amount of cash for research and was made a dame for her ‘tireless’ work improving awareness of the disease.

Dame Deborah became a patron for Bowel Cancer UK following her diagnosis and worked to raise money and theforwardview awareness of the charity.All donations will be used to fund causes that were close to Deborah’s heart including funding clinical trials and raising awareness of bowel cancer with the help of Cancer Research UK.

Its chief executive Genevieve Edwards said her legacy would live on through her campaigning work and that she had a ‘special gift’ to connect with the public which showed with the sheer volume of donations from the public.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge led tributes to Dame  today and called her an ‘inspirational and unfalteringly brave woman whose legacy will live on’.

Prince William cleared his diary and travelled to her parents’ home in Woking, Surrey, in mid-May to perform an honours ceremony at a tea party celebrating her extraordinary life.

The cancer-fighting charity set up by Dame Deborah James has smashed the £7million (pictured above) milestone a day after her death was announced as Prince William leads tributes praising the fundraiser as 'an inspiration whose legacy will live on'

The cancer-fighting charity set up by Dame Deborah James has smashed the £7million (pictured above) milestone a day after her death was announced as Prince William leads tributes praising the fundraiser as ‘an inspiration whose legacy will live on’

In May Deborah James was made a dame by the Duke of Cambridge with William praising her for 'going above and beyond to make a very special memory'. Her two children Hugo, 14, and Eloise, 12, and her husband Sebastien were by her side

In May Deborah James was made a dame by the Duke of Cambridge with William praising her for ‘going above and beyond to make a very special memory’.Her two children Hugo, 14, and Eloise, 12, and her husband Sebastien were by her side

The second in line to the throne and his wife had been deeply moved by her campaigning and bravery and paid a moving tribute to the mother-of-two, who is is survived by her two children Hugo, 14, and Eloise, 12, and her husband Sebastien.

In a tweet signed ‘W&C’, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said: ‘We are so sad to hear the heartbreaking news about Dame Deborah.Our thoughts are with her children, her family and her loved ones. Deborah was an inspirational and unfalteringly brave woman whose legacy will live on’. 

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