Barbara’s Revolutionaries celebrate post marathon.
Dame Barbara and husband Scott Mitchell are figure-heading the campaign, Dementia Revolution.
“26.2 miles done! I think the whole EastEnders team have done amazingly today, it has been an incredible journey from when we decided to run it for Barbara. I’m so proud of Scott, and what he has done for raising awareness of dementia. We’ve raised some good money, it has been a real honour to be part of the Dementia Revolution team. I didn’t do that much training to be honest, I had a chest infection for 5 weeks so couldn’t train at all.
When me and Scott sort of arranged and decided we would do this for Barbara and Dementia Revolution we said we would walk it! Then Scott discovered running so it was never my plan to run it but it’s been really great. Dementia is an issue that’s not going away and it’s been incredible to watch Scott and the interviews he has done since going public with Barbara’s diagnosis and now people are having those conversations about dementia in this country.” – EastEnders’ Jake Wood
In May 2018 Dame Barbara Windsor’s husband Scott Mitchell announced that the much-loved former EastEnders actress had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014. After going public with his wife’s diagnosis Scott further announced that he would be running the 2019 London Marathon for the Dementia Revolution and that a number of Barbara’s former co-stars from the BBC One soap had expressed an interest in doing the same.
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, also fondly remembered for her cheeky-parts in the big screen Carry On movies, called on people to ‘make a stand against dementia’ by running the marathon in a video released in October 2018.
Scott joined the EastEnders running team – aka Barbara’s revolutionaries – for the marathon last weekend. On the team were Jake Wood, Adam Woodyatt, Emma Barton, Natalie Cassidy, Kellie Shirley, Tanya Franks, Jamie Borthwick and Jane Slaughter.
“It was incredible, the crowds just carry you around. The Dementia Revolution has been such an amazing journey for everyone involved. Of course, my direct contact with dementia is Barbara, Tanya’s is her step father Derek who is also living with Alzheimer’s, but there are 850,000 living with dementia just that we know of, which means 850,000 families are watching their loved ones go through this. Since Barbara’s diagnosis, I have sometimes felt so powerless because there is no cure for dementia. But running the Virgin Money London Marathon for the Dementia Revolution has given me an incredible opportunity to make a stand against dementia.
The experience has been one of the proudest and most humbling experiences of my life, creating new-found friendships, support networks and a love for running. In speaking out about mine and Barbara’s experience of dementia, I hope I have helped others to understand the condition and the importance of funding for research.” – Scott Mitchell
Barbara’s revolutionaries celebrate completing the London Marathon last weekend for Dementia Revolution.
“I can’t believe it’s done, I’m so proud of myself and the team for the money we’ve raised. We’ve all got round and the crowds have been amazing. I’ve got two young girls and my fiancé has been brilliant looking after them when I was training and on long runs. I run on lunch breaks, after work, I’m like everyone we’ve all got busy lives and we’ve just got to get it in. I don’t know if I’ll ever do a marathon again but I would like to do 10ks and half marathons and I’d like to keep supporting these charities. A few of Barbara’s Revs have signed up for the Vitality 10k in May which is something to look forward to.
So I don’t know if we’ll always run, but for Scott he’s obviously having to deal with Barbara at home and caring for her on a day to day basis so I think running has really helped him mentally and given him his own time and space, so I think he’ll keep running. I think I’ll keep running, it’s been a wonderful thing to raise and donate money for this wonderful campaign and find something that’s so good for you as well.” – EastEnders’ Natalie Cassedy
The Dementia Revolution is a year-long campaign delivered by Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK with the aim of the campaign to raise awareness of dementia, overthrow old attitudes and power groundbreaking dementia research. The inspirational efforts of Barbara’s Revolutionaries and over 2,000 Dementia Revolution runners has helped to raise more than £3 million for the campaign so far.
Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity. They provide information and support, fund research, campaign to improve care and create lasting change for people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Dementia devastates lives and 850,000 people in the UK are living with some form of it. By 2021, that number will have increased to 1 million. Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading charity specialising in finding preventions, treatments and a cure for dementia. They are currently supporting dementia research projects worth over £31 million in leading Universities across the UK.
“We wouldn’t have got around in the time we did without the crowds. A lot of people are affected by dementia, the families, the carers, so the research really has to be upped and the only way they can do this is with money.” – Tanya Franks
“I finished! Which is surprising because it was so hard! It’s been a really inspiring day, I’m not going to lie it was tough but I completed my third marathon for an amazing woman and an amazing charity! We reached our target for the Dementia Revolution!” – Kellie Shirley