Adam Woodyatt and Jake Wood are among a number of EastEnders stars running the 2019 London marathon to support the Dementia Revolution for Dame Barbara Windsor.
In May 2018 Barbara’s husband Scott Mitchell announced that she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014.
Mitchell will join the EastEnders running team – aka Barbara’s revolutionaries – which also includes Emma Barton, Natalie Cassidy, Kellie Shirley, Tanya Franks, Jamie Borthwick and Jane Slaughter.
Dementia Revolution was created by Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK as Charity of the Year for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon. Babs, best known for her cheeky-parts in the big screen Carry On movies and later as Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders, previously called on people to ‘make a stand against dementia’ by running the marathon in a video released in October 2018.
Now in a new video Scott shows Barbara footage of her EastEnders pals gearing up to take on the challenge.
“It means so much to me to see some of my closest friends coming together to support this cause,” Barbara told The Sun. “And I know it will mean a lot to everyone else living with dementia.”
Meanwhile, Scott spoke about his wife’s condition on Good Morning Britain today (Tuesday 8th January) and revealed that his greatest fear is the actress losing her memory altogether.
“I think it’s when every memory will go, when on a constant basis, maybe one day Barbara won’t know who I am. I’ve had it twice. I was helping her out of the bath and she just suddenly looked at me very scared and she said, ‘I’m sorry, who are you?’ And after 25 years it is heartbreaking, there’s no words that can describe it.” – Scott Mitchell
The former actor turned agent went on to explain that Barbara can seem quite well during public outings but emphasised that this isn’t necessarily typical of their day to day life.
“Let’s put it this way, she gets herself together for moments like that. When we go to the theatre for instance – something happens to Barbara when she’s out, it’s like her old self comes in, she sees the public, she speaks to everyone, she’s in the theatre environment, and you see that part of her that comes alive because it’s what she knows. But it’s not our reality. Our reality is for instance the last two weeks, her confusion is really bad. I spend a lot of time explaining where we are, she has a lot of trouble identifying our house.” – Scott Mitchell
This year’s London Marathon will take place on 28 April.