The nation was shocked when they found out their much-loved Babs was fighting a horrific Alzheimer’s battle.
Barbara Windsor’s husband Scott Mitchell gave an update on her health battle on Good Morning Britain just a few days ago, he explained: “There are horrible moments of confusion, which have become quite constant.”
Paying tribute to the beloved Carry On actress, her hubby set up a team called Barbara’s Revolutionaries to run this year’s Virgin Money Marathon, raising money for dementia.
Barbara is best known for her role as Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders, so it was no surprise that the Marathon team was made up of a whole host of the soap’s stars.
On Sunday the likes of Jake Wood (Max Branning) and Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale) will be running the full 26.2 miles across London’s streets.
And a bevy of fans have already flocked to the Virgin Money’s donation page to give money.
Smashing the target of a whopping £100,000, Ms Windsor was blown away by everyone’s generosity.
Thanking her dedicated devotees, she said: “I am truly overwhelmed by the generosity of the British public in helping Barbara’s Revolutionaries raise a staggering £100,000 towards the Dementia Revolution so far.
“I am so touched that Scott and the rest of the wonderful team of Barbara’s Revolutionaries have taken on this marathon challenge for me and the 850,000 people living with dementia.”
Speaking out directly to her supporters, she said: “I’m heartened by every single donation that has been made – however big or small.
“Your messages of your support and encouragement mean so much to me.”
Signing off, she continued: “Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Her hubby Scott will be celebrating his 56th birthday on the big day, having trained and put in all the hard work since October, he is said to be “over the moon” about smashing the target.
Touched, he shared: “Everything to do with this marathon challenge has taken my breath away – from the training to the unrelenting public support.
“I am absolutely over the moon that we were able to reach our original target of £100,000 before race day. I’ve read every single message of support, probably several times over.”
Extremely thankful, the campaign manager for Dementia Revolution Nina Ziaullah added: “Barbara and Scott’s experience has touched the hearts of thousands of people across the UK and beyond, and reflect the day-to-day experiences that so many affected by dementia are facing today.”
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