A dedicated online page that will act as a book of condolence and to receive donations for dementia research has been set up for the late Dame Barbara Windsor, who died with Alzheimer’s disease last Thursday 10 December.
The JustGiving page was created at the request of Dame Barbara’s devoted husband Scott Mitchell, who is asking people to consider a donation to Alzheimer’s Research UK ‘however small or large’ in her memory, to support the search for breakthrough dementia treatments.
As well as driving much-needed funds for dementia research, the page will allow her family, friends and many fans to share stories and leave tributes to the National Treasure.
Scott and Dame Barbara’s decision to go public with her dementia diagnosis in 2018 has changed attitudes towards the condition and shined a spotlight on dementia around the UK and beyond.
Alzheimer’s Research UK has seen a spike in donations since her death, with many saying they felt compelled to do so in her memory.
“I’ve been asked by so many people what they can do to honour Barbara and both of our wishes was for more money to be invested into dementia research. That’s why I’d ask people, if they can, to share their memories of Barbara and consider a donation to Alzheimer’s Research UK, however small or large. Alzheimer’s Research UK is a charity that’s doing so much to ensure future generations don’t have to go through the same heartbreak I and so many others have.
“The donation page will also act as a book of condolence, where people can share their many stories, tributes and anecdotes about her. I know that will provide comfort to so many, and I’ll be reading every one of them.”
Hilary Evans, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“We remember Dame Barbara first and foremost for lighting up our screens in her inimitable appearances over many years. But in her later years, and supported by husband Scott, Barbara also put enormous efforts into campaigning to help improve dementia care and research as she battled the condition herself. We are touched by Scott and Barbara’s desire to support research as her legacy, and even in a year so disrupted by COVID-19, our resolve to find breakthroughs has never been greater.
“We hope people will share their memories of Barbara’s life and work, and they can choose to support Alzheimer’s Research UK’s work if they can. Losing a loved one to dementia creates heartache across families and friendships, but research brings hope that we can change the lives of people with the condition, and Barbara’s memory only strengthens our determination to achieve this.”
To leave a tribute to Dame Barbara and consider a donation to Alzheimer’s Research UK in her memory, please visit: www.justgiving.com/DameBarbara