Dame Barbara Windsor online condolence book set up by husband Scott Mitchell - here's how you can share your memories...

Scott admits he'll be "reading every one of them' as he invites fans to relive the memories and raise vital funds for Alzheimer's Research UK.

Dame Barbara WIndsor and Scott Mitchell attend the Pride of Britain awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel
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Dame Barbara Windsor's legacy is set to live on after husband Scott Michell launched an online condolence book for fans to remember the Eastenders star while raising vital funds for Alzheimer's Research UK.

Dame Barbara, 83, died peacefully on 10th of December at the care home she was staying following a six year battle with dementia.

Husband Scott led the tributes to his beloved wife and a week after her death he has come up with a way to help others while honouring Barbara's wishes.

READ MORE: Dame Barbara Windsor dies, aged 83, following a 6-year battle with dementia

Dame Barbara Windsor

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He explained, “I’ve been asked by so many people what they can do to honour Barbara and both of our wishes was for more money to be invested into dementia research.

"That’s why I’d ask people, if they can, to share their memories of Barbara and consider a donation to Alzheimer’s Research UK, however small or large. Alzheimer’s Research UK is a charity that’s doing so much to ensure future generations don’t have to go through the same heartbreak I and so many others have.

“The donation page will also act as an online book of condolence, where people can share their many stories, tributes and anecdotes about her. I know that will provide comfort to so many, and I’ll be reading every one of them.”

As well as driving much-needed funds for dementia research, the online JustGiving page will allow her family, friends and many fans to share stories and leave tributes to the National Treasure.

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Dame Barbara Windsor and Scott Mitchell

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Scott and Dame Barbara’s decision to go public with her dementia diagnosis in 2018 has changed attitudes towards the condition and shined a spotlight on dementia around the UK and beyond.

Alzheimer’s Research UK has seen a spike in donations since her death, with many saying they felt compelled to do so in her memory.

Hilary Evans, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said, “We remember Dame Barbara first and foremost for lighting up our screens in her inimitable appearances over many years. But in her later years, and supported by husband Scott, Barbara also put enormous efforts into campaigning to help improve dementia care and research as she battled the condition herself. We are touched by Scott and Barbara’s desire to support research as her legacy, and even in a year so disrupted by COVID-19, our resolve to find breakthroughs has never been greater.

“We hope people will share their memories of Barbara’s life and work, and they can choose to support Alzheimer’s Research UK’s work if they can. Losing a loved one to dementia creates heartache across families and friendships, but research brings hope that we can change the lives of people with the condition, and Barbara’s memory only strengthens our determination to achieve this.”

Visit JustGiving to leave a tribute to Dame Barbara and consider a donation to Alzheimer’s Research UK in her memory.  

Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 15 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She has covered all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand.