Dame Barbara Windsor’s husband Scott Mitchell has said he is “overwhelmed” by generous donations from fans to fund Alzheimer’s disease research.
The £100,000 of charity fundraising was in tribute to his late wife, who died earlier this month after battling Alzheimer’s disease since 2014.
Mitchell set up a JustGiving page to honour her memory and in under a week, it had collected £104,000.
He said: "I have been completely overwhelmed by the response from Barbara’s fans, friends and former colleagues.
"This outpouring of support has filled me with pride and been a huge comfort to me. It just shows how loved, respected and adored my Barbara was. That’s magical."
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The cash, which came from fans and an £83,000 donation from the Jackpotjoy bingo site, which Windsor had worked with, will go to charity Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Encouraging people to make more donations to the cause, Mitchell said every penny raised could make a difference.
He said: “We must find a way to stop future generations going through what so many of us have already. Please do consider a donation however small or large. Every penny will take us one step closer to desperately needed breakthroughs.
"I’m determined to honour her legacy by doing everything I can to support dementia research and help Alzheimer’s Research UK’s search for a cure.”
Windsor and Mitchell worked with Alzheimer’s Research UK to raise funds and awareness of the condition after she went public with her diagnosis in 2018.
Ross Kemp, who played her son Grant Mitchell in the BBC soap, called for a “Barbara Tax” in the days after her death to help pay for research into a cure for dementia.
Windsor was known for her roles as Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders and in many of the Carry On films.
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