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Dame Barbara Windsor and husband Scott join Dementia Revolution for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon

Written by Samantha Lade, Donr

Published on Thursday, 11th October 2018

Dame Barbara Windsor and husband Scott join Dementia Revolution for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon

National treasure and iconic actor 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 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon.

Scott, who earlier this year revealed Barbara had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2014, will be running the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon for Barbara and the millions of people across the world affected by the condition.

Scott's efforts will help to raise awareness and fund groundbreaking research at the same time.

For the first time since her diagnosis, Barbara is speaking out to show her support in a personal video message for the campaign, calling on people to run the marathon next year for the Dementia Revolution.

The call comes as ballot places for the Virgin Money London Marathon are announced and the world record number of 410,000 applicants find out whether they've secured a place in the 2019 event. 

The Dementia Revolution sees leading dementia charities Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer's Research UK join forces in a year-long campaign as the Charity of the Year for the marathon in 2019.

Together they aim to overthrow old attitudes to dementia and raise millions of pounds for the most ambitious dementia research initiative the UK has ever seen, working together to find better treatments and a cure – the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI).

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.

There are currently no effective treatments to slow, prevent or cure the diseases that cause dementia, but scientists are working tirelessly to beat the condition.

Speaking about his experiences and decision to run the marathon, Scott said: '’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.

'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. 

'We need to act now - dementia is affecting so many people.'

Jeremy Hughes, CEO Alzheimer's Society, said: 'It is wonderful to have Dame Barbara Windsor, her husband Scott, and others affected by dementia joining the Dementia Revolution.

'By joining the Dementia Revolution, we can and will end dementia with research.'

To find out more about the Dementia Revolution, visit their website.