Alzheimer's Society pays tribute to Dame Barbara Windsor ahead of upcoming funeral

Kate Lee, our Chief Executive, pays tribute to the achievements and life of Dame Barbara, who was living with dementia.

Kate Lee, Chief Executive, Alzheimer’s Society, said:

'We will be forever grateful to Dame Barbara Windsor and her husband Scott Mitchell for sharing their dementia experience so bravely and publicly raising awareness of what it’s like to live through this devastating disease, for people with dementia and their carers.

'Both Dame Barbara and Scott were instrumental in putting social care on the map through supporting our Fix Dementia Care campaign and in raising vital funds for dementia research through Dementia Revolution - the most successful Virgin Money London Marathon charity partnership campaign ever. The £4 million raised is powering discoveries at the pioneering UK Dementia Research Institute which Alzheimer’s Society co-founded – research will beat dementia.

Dame Barbara was a truly extraordinary woman, and today our thoughts are with her and Scott’s family and friends and everyone who loved her.

'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.'

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