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26/04/2019 15:56 BST

Barbara Windsor Thanks Fans As Marathon Team In Her Name Raises £100K For Dementia Revolution

She said she was "truly overwhelmed by the generosity of the British public".

Dame Barbara Windsor has thanked those who donated to Barbara’s Revolutionaries, a team made up of her husband and former EastEnders co-stars, who are running the London Marathon this weekend to raise money for Dementia Revolution.

The team, which features Jake Wood, Adam Woodyatt and Natalie Cassidy, as well as Barbara’s husband Scott Mitchell, hit their target of £100,000 two days before the race is due to go ahead, with the former EastEnders star sharing her gratitude.

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Barbara Windsor, pictured in 2017

She said: “I am truly overwhelmed by the generosity of the British public in helping Barbara’s Revolutionaries raise a staggering £100,000 towards the Dementia Revolution so far.

“I am so touched that Scott and the rest of the wonderful team of Barbara’s Revolutionaries have taken on this marathon challenge for me and the 850,000 people living with dementia.

“I’m heartened by every single donation that has been made – however big or small. Your messages of support and encouragement mean so much to me. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.”

Scott added: “I am absolutely over the moon that we were able reach our original target of £100,000 before race day. I’ve read every single message of support, probably several times over.

“I will certainly have those words of encouragement in mind as I’m running the course. The whole Barbara’s Revolutionaries team and of course Barbara herself are so grateful for every single donation – we all thank you so much.”

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Scott with other members of Barbara's Revolutionaries

The veteran star went public with her Alzheimer’s diagnosis in May 2018, and has been keeping a low profile since.

However, she did film a video for the organisation Dementia Revolution towards the end of last year, in which she encouraged people to support the charity by running the London marathon in 2019.