Close friends of iconic actor and national treasure Barbara Windsor have unveiled themselves as an all-star team known as ‘Barbara’s Revolutionaries’ that will run the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon.
To the delight of the well-loved screen star, the team will be running for the Dementia Revolution, a year-long campaign created by dementia charities Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK for the event’s Charity of the Year.
In a video released yesterday, the star-studded group of fellow actors, who worked with Barbara on popular soap EastEnders, meet for a preparatory training session with Barbara’s husband Scott Mitchell, leader of the inspirational team. The group don Dementia Revolution running gear for a spirited stretching and sprints session with professional trainer and coach Martin Yelling, before sharing their motivations for taking on the incredible challenge in support of close friend Barbara, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014.
Those bravely pulling on their running shoes are Adam Woodyatt, Jake Wood, Emma Barton, Natalie Cassidy, Kellie Shirley, Tanya Franks, Jamie Borthwick and Jane Slaughter, who all forged firm friendships with Barbara during their time on the soap. United in support of the star, the group have joined the Dementia Revolution campaign in a bid to raise much-needed awareness of dementia and raise £100,000 to power ground-breaking research into the cruel disease.
Barbara herself previously expressed her support for the Dementia Revolution in October 2018, when husband Scott announced that he would be running the marathon on 28 April, coincidentally his 56th birthday, in a video that received thousands of views.
Dementia is the biggest health threat facing society with almost a million people living with the condition in the UK – it is now the country’s leading cause of death, ahead of heart disease. There are currently no effective treatments to slow, prevent or cure the diseases that cause dementia, but scientists are working tirelessly to beat the condition.
The Dementia Revolution sees Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK working together to overthrow old attitudes towards dementia and raise millions of pounds for the most ambitious dementia research initiative the UK has ever seen – the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI), powering ground-breaking research to find better treatments and a cure.
Barbara’s Revolutionaries are calling on the public to take a stand against dementia and join them in supporting the Dementia Revolution. The team urge all ballot place holders to sign-up to run for the Dementia Revolution and encourage anyone who can to donate towards their £100,000 fundraising target.
Virgin Money London Marathon ballot place holders can sign-up to run for the Dementia Revolution here.
Barbara’s Revolutionaries can be sponsored here.
Barbara’s Revolutionaries join a wider team of Revolutionaries, each bringing different experiences of dementia. These include Carli Pirie, and her cousins Jack and Tom Bradshaw, whose family carries an inherited gene for Alzheimer’s disease meaning they each carry a 50% chance of developing the disease in their 50s, Dr Amanda Heslegrave, a dementia researcher at the UK DRI, and entrepreneur and 2014 Apprentice winner Mark Wright, whose grandfather has dementia.
To find out more about the Dementia Revolution visit www.dementiarevolution.org