Barbara Windsor's death prompts huge rise in donations to Alzheimer’s Research

Dame Barbara Windsor’s death has prompted a 300 per cent rise in donations to Alzheimer’s Research.

The much-loved EastEnders actress died on December 10 at the age of 83 after a battle with Alzheimers, and news of her death has led to a huge spike in donations to the research charity.

Barbara’s husband Scott Mitchell told The Sun newspaper: ‘Covid has set back research for Alzheimer’s Research like it has for other charities for life ending illnesses and we must remember dementia is not going away.’

Tim Parry, director of Alzheimer’s Research, welcomed the recent wave of donations.

‘The uptick in donations is testament to the love for this national icon,’ he said.

‘It reflects a desire to do something about the condition that brought about such a tragic loss.’

Tributes poured in for Barbara after news of her death broke last week, with Danniella Westbrook, Jonathan Ross and Steve McFadden all sharing their memories of the icon.

An EastEnders spokesperson said: An EastEnders spokesperson shared: ‘We are all deeply saddened that that we’ve lost our Dame.

‘From the moment Barbara stepped foot in Walford she created an icon in Peggy Mitchell, our formidable Landlady, who the audience instantly fell in love with but to all of us at EastEnders, she was our dearest friend who was truly loved and adored by everyone.

‘Our thoughts go out to Scott and Barbara’s family. Rest in peace Dame Barbara Windsor, MBE.’

Danny Dyer also paid tribute to his former EastEnders co-star. He shared a picture of himself and Barbara together mid-scene in the Queen Vic.

He wrote: ‘Rest in Peace Babs. There is only one Dame in my eyes. So grateful to have known ya.’

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