The widower of Dame Barbara Windsor, Scott Mitchell, has spoken about his wife’s death and how it “affected his life”.
Scott was married to Barbara for twenty years before the star sadly passed away from Alzheimer’s.
Barbara received a diagnosis of the illness in 2014 and died in December 2020.
“There’s really good reason for me and the passion that I have for supporting dementia research and that’s because it’s affected my life,” Scott explained in a new video for charity Alzheimer’s Research UK.
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Dame Barbara Windsor’s widower Scott Mitchell becomes Alzheimer’s ambassador
“If you are unfortunate enough to go on that journey with someone you love, I think most people are going to want something done about this.”
Meanwhile, Scott has announced he is joining the charity as an ambassador.
Alzheimer’s Research UK said that Scott will work with them to raise awareness of dementia and funds for research.
“My hopes for the future are that other people don’t have to go through it.
“The first thing is it needs to be funded desperately. This is not going away,” Scott explained.
Scott shared how Barbara would have loved that she is able to make a difference to others even after her death.
“She can keep making a difference, which is something I know she would have absolutely loved…
“…to know that either she’s still being thought about or something to do with her is helping other people,” he explained.
In addition, Alzheimer’s UK added: “Together, we’ll ensure Dame Barbara’s legacy lives on, and that research continues to change the lives of those affected by this devastating condition.”
Meanwhile, commenters on Instagram praised Scott for working to raise funds and awareness of the disease.
“Amazing achievement Scott. Four members of my family suffered with Alzheimer’s and no doubt it will affect more,” one wrote.
“I hope and pray there will be a cure to this cruel disease one day.”
Another added: “My mum had Alzheimer’s and my dad cared for her throughout. You are such a credit [as] an ambassador.”
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