A donation page set up to support vital dementia research in memory of Dame Barbara Windsor has now raised over £150,000 in just three weeks.
The JustGiving page was created last month at the request of Dame Barbara’s devoted husband Scott Mitchell, who asked people to donate to Alzheimer’s Research UK in her memory to help the search for breakthrough dementia treatments. Scott has also asked family and friends to consider a donation in lieu of flowers ahead of her funeral service, which will take place tomorrow afternoon at the Golders Green Crematorium in north London.
As of today the total raised, including Gift Aid, now stands at just under £154,000, with hundreds of people leaving touching tributes to the national treasure, who died with Alzheimer’s disease on 10 December, aged 83.
“The last few weeks have been some of the toughest of my life. But the number of tributes and donations made to Alzheimer’s Research UK in memory of Barbara has blown me away and brought me real comfort.
“These donations have been made at a time when the pandemic has created so much uncertainty for people. It just shows how much my Barbara meant to people and how important the work of Alzheimer’s Research UK is to so many. Research is the only way we’ll stop other families going through the same heartbreak and this amazing generosity provides real hope for the future. Barbara would be absolutely delighted.”
Hilary Evans, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“We can’t thank Scott enough for his continued support of Alzheimer’s Research UK in memory of Dame Barbara.
“Dementia research can and will change lives and the money donated by Dame Barbara’s friends, fans and family is bringing that day closer. Her legacy will live on through the research these donations will fund and that’s such a special gift to the millions of people impacted by dementia worldwide.
“Everyone at Alzheimer’s Research UK will have Scott and all those who knew Dame Barbara in our thoughts this Friday.”
To make a donation to Alzheimer’s Research UK in memory of Dame Barbara, please visit: www.justgiving.com/DameBarbara