Barbara Windsor and her husband Scott Mitchell have announced their support for the Dementia Revolution campaign, created by Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK as charity of the year for the London Marathon 2019.
Scott will be running the London Marathon next year, with thousands of other people, for Barbara and the millions of people across the world affected by Alzheimer’s. The Dementia Revolution campaign is aiming to raise awareness of the condition and fund ground-breaking research.
For the first time since her diagnosis, Barbara Windsor can be seen in a video message showing her support of the campaign and calling on runners to take up the challenge for Dementia Revolution. This coincides with the ballot announcement for next year’s race, where a world record number of runners wait to hear whether they’ve been successful. https://www.runnersworld.co.uk/news/london-marathon-most-popular-marathon-on-the-planet
Dementia is the biggest health threat facing society, with almost a million people living with the condition in the UK – it is now the country’s leading cause of death, ahead of heart disease.
Speaking of his decision to run the marathon, Scott Mitchell said: “I’m really nervous but also excited to be running the Virgin Money London Marathon for the Dementia Revolution next year – when I found out it was on 28th April, it seemed like fate as it will actually be my 56th birthday so I took that as a sign that I had to go for it.
“I don’t know how fast I will run it, but for me it is more about completing the marathon, no matter what the time, to show my support for Barbara and all the other people living with dementia across the country.
“The last few years have been really hard for both Barbara and me as we got used to the profound effect dementia has had on our lives. I have seen many changes in Barbara since her diagnosis and at times its effects can be stronger than others. Despite all the changes in Barbara, there is still so much of her there. Her humour, wit and care for others for example. It is her humour I love the most - we have always laughed a lot.”
To find out more about the Dementia Revolution, or running for them next year visit their website.