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14 December 2020

Alzheimer’s Society pays tribute to Dame Barbara Windsor

Alzheimer's Society CEO, Kate Lee, comments on the sad passing of Dame Barbara Windsor and pays tribute to an incredible life.

“Dame Barbara Windsor was an amazingly true, much-loved national treasure, and in speaking out about her experiences shone like a beacon for others affected by dementia. Our heart goes out to her husband Scott Mitchell and all their family and friends at this very sad time.”

“Alzheimer’s Society is incredibly grateful to have had Barbara and her husband Scott’s support - what they achieved over the last couple of years for dementia has been truly awe-inspiring.”

“They were absolutely key in helping make Dementia Revolution the most successful Virgin Money London Marathon campaign ever, raising a record-breaking £4 million for the UK Dementia Research Institute that we co-founded, raising far greater awareness of the need to fund research in this area.”

“They were also instrumental in highlighting the dire state of social care and the need for change, including joining us to visit the Prime Minister, always driven by their desire to help those desperately struggling to cope with this devastating condition - demonstrated again in Scott’s moving statement after Dame Barbara passed away.”

“We echo his plea to Government, and, on behalf of the 850,000 people with dementia and their families, we just cannot thank them enough.”

“Dementia remains the UK’s biggest killer and sadly, people with dementia have been worst hit by coronavirus, so have never needed help more. We are here to offer support and advice to anyone affected by dementia.”

Geraldine Smith, CEO and co-founder of Coate Water Care, adds: “We will all fondly remember Dame Barbara’s warmth and effervescence and her iconic roles in the Carry On films and East Enders, but thousands affected by dementia will be forever grateful for her dignified contribution to dementia campaigning in her final years.”

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