Dame Barbara Windsor’s is desperate to find a cure for Alzheimer’s

Dame Barbara Windsor’s husband Scott reveals she is desperate to find a cure for Alzheimer’s before she dies and finds comfort in fundraising

Dame Barbara Windsor reportedly hopes to find a cure for dementia before she dies in order to help treat and prevent the disease in future generations.

The TV legend’s husband Scott Mitchell said that she is comforted at the thought of helping to fund research into treatment of the debilitating disease. 

Scott, 56, admitted that it is ‘heartbreaking’ that a cure is possible in the near future, following reports that a major breakthrough could be possible in the next six years.

Heartbreaking: Dame Barbara Windsor reportedly hopes to find a cure for dementia before she dies in order to help treat and prevent the disease in future generations

He told the Daily Star: ‘The heartbreaking thing is a cure is possible. They believe in six years a cure or at least major breakthrough could be found with the right funding.


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‘That is what we are aiming for. We accept it would be for future generations.

Scott added that even though they have accepted that the potential break through will be too late for Barbara, she is desperate to do what she can to help others.

Comfort: The TV legend’s husband Scott Mitchell said that she is comforted at the thought of helping to fund research into treatment of the debilitating disease

He added that if his great nephews can avoid going through what they are currently experiencing along with thousands of other families that would be incredible for them.  

In April, Scott will be running the London Marathon alongside a troop of EastEnders stars dubbed as Barbara’s Revolutions, in a bid to raise £100,000 for Dementia Revolution.

Dementia Revolution is charity run by Alzheimer’s groups which hopes to raise money in order to fund the research needed to find a cure.

Scott previously announced he would be running the 2019 Virgin London Marathon for the cause, with support from Barbara.

 Struggles: Scott, 56, admitted that it is ‘heartbreaking’ that a cure is possible in the near future, following reports that a major breakthrough could be possible in the next six years (Barbara pictured in EastEnders)

Supportive: Dame Barbara’s husband Scott will lead the team, which also includes EastEnders actors Emma Barton, Kellie Shirley, Tanya Franks, Jamie Borthwick and Jane Slaughter

The actress, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014, said: ‘It means so much to me to see some of my closest friends coming together to support this cause.

‘And I know it will mean a lot to everyone else living with dementia.’

The group of celebrity runners recently met up for their first preparatory training session ahead of the London Marathon.

Jake, 46, who plays Max Branning in the BBC One soap, said that his friendship with ‘wonderful, special friend’ Dame Barbara inspired him to join the team.

He added: ‘Dementia is caused by diseases that affect so many people, like Barbara, yet awareness of dementia is so low and research is so underfunded.

‘We’ve come together as a team to change this, and make a stand against dementia.’

In the game: The group of celebrity runners recently met up for their first preparatory training session ahead of the London Marathon

Speaking about Barbara’s Revolutionaries, Scott said it was ‘such an amazing show of their love and friendship towards Barbara’.

‘It’s one thing to be friends with someone, but when people say that they’re going to give up their spare time and much needed days off and instead dedicate them to a cause that means so much, then that really is extraordinary – to both Barbara and me it’s so incredibly special.’

He added: ‘It’s not until it happens on your doorstep that you realise how devastating dementia is. There is still such a lack of awareness that surrounds the condition.

Teamwork: Speaking about Barbara’s Revolutionaries Scott said it was ‘such an amazing show of their love and friendship towards Barbara’

‘I see it often with Barbara – people get very nervous around her and they don’t know how to react or what to say. But it’s so important that we understand dementia.

‘This cause desperately needs as much attention and awareness as possible.

‘I hope that by running the marathon for the Dementia Revolution, Barbara’s Revolutionaries will help us achieve this, as well as raising a lot of money to fund vital research happening at the UK Dementia Research Institute.’

Scott has called for people with ballot places in the London Marathon to join them, and for others to sponsor them for the ‘revolution’ against dementia.

To donate click here: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Barbarasrevolutionaries

Caring: He added: ‘It’s not until it happens on your doorstep that you realise how devastating dementia is. There is still such a lack of awareness that surrounds the condition’ (pictured March 2016)

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