Jake Wood was thinking of Dame Barbara Windsor “all the way” while running the London Marathon yesterday (28.04.19).
The EastEnders star took part in the 26.2-mile spectacle for his former co-star – who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014 – alongside several of his other colleagues, and the 81-year-old actress’ husband Scott Mitchell, for team Barbara’s Revolutionaries.
He completed the race in just under six hours, and shared an Instagram clip of himself running over the finish line.
Jake – who plays Max Branning in the BBC One soap – said: “26.2 miles done for Barbara and for Scott. We love you very much.
“To everyone else who ran today, congratulations. All for Dementia Revolution.”
He captioned the clip: “Emotional day, thinking of Barbera and Scott all of the way (sic)”
Natalie Cassidy (Sonia Fowler) was also part of the team, and she took to Twitter to thank fans for cheering her on throughout the event.
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She wrote: “Well.. yesterday was the most amazing day. I just want to thank each and every one of you who donated, who cheered us all on, to all of the other @DementiaRev runners who I spoke to along the route.
“What an achievement. We did it! Thank you everyone. (sic)”
Well.. yesterday was the most amazing day. I just want to thank each and every one of you who donated, who cheered us all on, to all of the other @DementiaRev runners who I spoke to along the route. What an achievement. We did it! Thank you everyone. ❤️
— Natalie Cassidy (@Nat_Cassidy) 29 April 2019
Several EastEnders stars headed down to the event to cheer on their fellow Walford residents.
Maisie Smith (Tiffany Butcher) tweeted: “So proud of you all running the @LondonMarathon for @DementiaRev managed to catch @Nat_Cassidy + @EmmaBarton + Jamie on camera smashed it guys. (sic)”
Clair Norris (Bernie Taylor) wrote: “What a Sunday with @maisie_smith_ @DannyWalters_ @LewissWood @TashaNicola & Toby!
“Supporting our eastenders family plus every single person who took part! Met some amazing supporters too. (sic)”
Barbara’s Revolutionaries – which also featured Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale) and Tanya Franks (Rainie Branning), among others – raised a staggering £135,000 for charities Alzheimer’s Research UK and Alzheimer’s Society, and with Gift Aid the total amount raised is more than £157,000.
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