Barbara Windsor's husband: Dementia battle is 'horrible to witness'

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Scott Mitchell is running the London marathon to raise money for the Dementia Revolution campaign.

Watching a loved one with dementia “being stripped of who they were” is the “most heartbreaking thing to watch”, Dame Barbara Windsor’s husband has said.

Scott Mitchell, 56, who has been married to Dame Barbara for 25 years, has previously spoken about how upsetting it is when his wife does not recognise him or their home.

He is part of the Barbara’s Revolutionaries team that hopes to raise £100,000 for the Dementia Revolution campaign by running the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 28.

He told the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio on Monday: “It’s a really cruel, horrible condition.

“For anyone who has seen a loved one go through it, it’s a horrible thing to witness.

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“You see that person slowly disappearing before your eyes, being stripped of who they were.

“Anyone who has been through it would tell you it’s the most heartbreaking thing to watch.”

Mr Mitchell’s group includes EastEnders stars Adam Woodyatt, Jake Wood, Emma Barton, Natalie Cassidy, Kelly Shirley, Tanya Franks, Jamie Borthwick and Jane Slaughter.

Four of his team have had friends or family suffer the disease, he told Evans, who is now is his eighth week at the radio station after leaving BBC Radio 2.

British comedy actor Sid James gets a friendly farewell cuddle from his British co-star Barbara Windsor as they complete the last day of shooting of the film “Carry On Girls”, at Pinewood Studios, England, May 25, 1973. (AP Photo/Robert Dear)
British comedy actor Sid James gets a friendly farewell cuddle from his British co-star Barbara Windsor as they complete the last day of shooting of the film “Carry On Girls”, at Pinewood Studios, England, May 25, 1973. (AP Photo/Robert Dear)

On Sunday, Mr Mitchell ran The Vitality Big Half in London in preparation for the full marathon.

He said the day was made “much more poignant” by his returning home to find his wife struggling with the illness.

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Mr Mitchell said: “Yesterday, the irony was I had the most fantastic day and saw you guys, and all the crowds and everything else – and the adrenaline.

“I got home and Barbara was having a really tough day. It really brought it home for me.”

Dame Barbara, 81, was told she had dementia in 2014 but kept the diagnosis secret until May last year.

Mr Mitchell previously revealed the actress sometimes forgets they are married.


Reporting by PA

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