Barbara Windsor’s husband Scott Mitchell reveals the actress has ‘lost her confidence and sense of fun’ as she battles Alzheimer’s
- Husband Scott Mitchell revealed Dame Barbara’s confidence is depleting
- He will soon run the London Marathon to raise money for Dementia Revolution
- He will be joined by Barbara’s former colleagues including actress Kellie Shirley
- Dubbed Barbara’s Revolutionaries they will run the London marathon on April 28
- Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014 but only went public five months ago
Dame Barbara Windsor’s husband of 19 years has revealed the actress’s confidence has begun to fade as she battles Alzheimer’s.
In an interview with close friend and radio presenter Chris Evans, husband Scott Mitchell, 56, described the emotional journey following his wife’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis and how he would be raising money for the charity Dementia Revolution.
Scott is set to run the London Marathon with the Carry On star’s former colleagues in order to raise money for dementia research.
Struggle: Dame Barbara Windsor’s husband of 19 years, Scott Mitchell, has revealed the actress’s confidence began to fade as she battled Alzheimer
The iconic British actress, 81, was diagnosed with the degenerative disease in 2014 but she and Scott only decided to publicly reveal the diagnosis five months ago.
Scott first noticed his wife struggle with her memory just before she was about to leave EastEnders in 2010.
Describing the moment he knew his wife was battling more than just the effects of old age, Scott said the actress’s confidence began to fade.
In an interview shared by The Sun he said: ‘One of the things that I noticed is that her confidence started going, terribly.
British icon: The iconic British actress, 81, was diagnosed with the degenerative disease in 2014 but she and Scott only decided to publicly reveal the diagnosis five months ago
He added: ‘And that affected her in ways such as not knowing what to wear, or she couldn’t do her make-up — she always did a brilliant make-up and was always able to turn herself out as Barbara. She just lost confidence.’
As the disease began to take hold of the soap star, Scott said that his wife became a ‘diluted’ version of herself and would struggle to carry out actions.
He added: ‘She lost her sense of that fun and that joyful thing that Barbara had.’
Radio host: Scott shared his candid thoughts in an interview with close friend and radio presenter Chris Evans
Tragic news: As the disease began to take hold of the soap star, Scott said that his wife became a ‘diluted’ version of herself and would struggle to carry out actions
Scott will be joined by Barbara’s soap colleagues, who have call themselves Barbara’s revolutionaries, to raise money for ground-breaking research at the UK Dementia Research Institute and also raise awareness of dementia.
The stars will take to the streets of London on April 28.
The team include soap stars Adam Woodyatt, Jake Wood, Emma Barton, Natalie Cassidy, Kellie Shirley, Tanya Franks, Jamie Borthwick Jane Slaughter and Virgin Radio Breakfast presenter Chris Evans.
On their homepage, the runners, who have already raised a total of £75,366.14, also thanked Sir Elton John and David Furnish for their donation of £5,000 towards the charity.
Running for Barbara: Scott (centre) will be joined by Barbara’s soap colleagues, who include Kellie Shirley (left) and Tanya Franks (right), for the run
A younger Barbara: The soap star’s husband described how his wife became a ‘diluted’ version of herself as the disease progressed
Now five years on from his wife’s devastating diagnoses, Scott went on to say that he now aims to tackle Barbara’s disease in the same way he deal with his own sobriety- one day at a time.
He also recalled how there were also rare occurrences, such as when he and Barbara would visit the theatre, that the actress would spring back to life almost as though there was something inside the auditorium that resonated with her.
Last month Kellie Shirley, who will be joining Scott for the marathon later this month, told the Sunday Express that Barbara could no longer remember her name.
She said: ‘A massive part of being an actor is remembering things. Your memories are such a big part of who you are. That’s why I feel for Barbara. She remembers so much about the past as clear as day yet she won’t remember my name.
‘We still have funny moments. It’s not bleak all the time, but it is hardcore. It’s a cruel disease that robs you of your memories.’
Running for the Dementia Revolution: Last month actress Kellie Shirley told the Sunday Express that Barbara could no longer remember her name
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