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Dame Barbara Windsor called for a stand against dementia in a new video, which saw her speak out about the illness for the first time since she was diagnosed with the condition in 2014.

In the clip, Barbara was seen wearing a blue Dementia Revolution T-shirt and her trade mark blonde tresses tied up in a bun.

Speaking to the camera about next year’s London Marathon, the former EastEnders star said: “This year I’m asking you to make a stand against dementia.

“Use your place to run for Dementia Revolution for Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer's research UK.”

She continued: “Support groundbreaking research to find a cure for conditions that affect so many people like me.”

Concluding, Barbara finished: “With your help we can and will end dementia with research.”

It comes after her husband Scott Mitchell announced he would be running the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon for her and the millions of people who suffer from dementia all around the world.

"The last few years have been really hard for both Barbara and me as we got used to the profound effect dementia has had on our lives,” he said.

"I have seen many changes in Barbara since her diagnosis and at times its effects can be stronger than others.”

Speaking about how he felt after revealing Barbara’s diagnosis earlier this year, Scott explained: “We kept her diagnosis quiet for so long and we were really nervous about going public with the news.

“But when we did, there was such an incredible reaction of love and support.”

Scott went on to explain the heartbreaking realities of Barbara’s condition, revealing how she sometimes forgets her diagnosis was made public.

He said: “Sometimes Barbara still thinks no-one knows about her condition and makes a big thing of keeping it a secret when we see people we know or meet people out and about."

The 55-year-old mentioned he has had “many conversations” with the Carry On star in recent months, explaining her illness is no longer under wraps.

Although Barbara forgets things from time-to-time, Scott said a large part of her has not changed, one being her humour.

“It is her humour I love the most - we have always laughed a lot,” he mentioned.

Scott also encouraged anyone who is doing the London Marathon to “join the Dementia Revolution team with me to show all our loved ones with dementia, like Barbara, that they are not alone and we stand with them”.

Dementia Revolution is a joint campaign by the Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer's Research UK to change attitudes to dementia and "raise millions of pounds for the most ambitious dementia research initiative the UK has ever seen".

Jeremy Hughes, Alzheimer's Society chief executive, said: "There are currently no effective treatments to slow, prevent or cure dementia, but scientists are working tirelessly to beat it.

"By joining the Dementia Revolution, we can and will end dementia with research."

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