Dame Barbara Windsor praised for 'extraordinary' work raising dementia awareness

DAME Barbara Windsor has been praised for her “extraordinary” work raising dementia awareness.

The actress died in December at 83 and her funeral will take place in London this afternoon.

The EastEnders and Carry On favourite was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014 and she and husband Scott Mitchell went public in 2018.

The couple helped raise funds for research into the disease, including a £4million haul through the London Marathon.

Kate Lee, CEO of Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We will be forever grateful to them for sharing their dementia experience so bravely and publicly raising awareness of what it’s like to live through this devastating disease.

“Dame Barbara was a truly extraordinary woman and our thoughts are with her and Scott’s family and friends.

"Sadly, too many are facing dementia alone without adequate support.

"We urgently need to find a cure, improve care and offer help and understanding for people affected.

"Alzheimer's Society is here for anyone affected by dementia."

A JustGiving page set up as a tribute to Dame Barbara and in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK has raised more £145,000.

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