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Dame Barbara Windsor’s widow says late icon is ‘constantly on my mind’

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Dame Barbara Windsor’s widow Scott Mitchell has said the late EastEnders star is ‘constantly’ on his mind.

Windsor died in December aged 83, six years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Joining Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway on today’s Good Morning Britain, Scott, who is running the London marathon to raise money for research into the illness, opened up about his grief.

‘She’s constantly with me,’ he said. ‘She’s constantly on my mind. I dream about her a lot. I talk to her when I’m running. I think you do it, it’s part of grieving and we all go through, unfortunately, those things when you do grieve.’

Scott continued: ‘I do like to try and keep a fairly positive stance on it. Barbara was an incredibly positive lady. The way you saw her, that was her attitude towards life. She loved helping other people, she loved doing things.

‘It was very important to her when we went public in 2018, that she understood she was helping people by talking about this illness.’

Barbara Windsor with her husband Scott Mitchell

Scott Mitchell opened up on his grief (Picture: AP)

In August, Scott, who married Windsor in 2000, was appointed an ambassador of Alzheimer’s Research UK.

He vowed he will continue raising funds to support dementia treatments.

‘Barbara felt like a friend to everyone even if they’d never met her, so to have someone like her being so open about her diagnosis made others feel comfortable to do the same,’ he said at the time.

Windsor died in December 2020 (Picture: PA)

‘That’s an incredible legacy and one I’ll continue in her memory with immense pride. She would’ve absolutely loved to know she’s continuing to make a difference and helping other people in this way.

‘I’m glad I can play a small part in helping to one day find a cure for this devastating disease. Alzheimer’s Research UK is a vitally important organisation and they’re our best hope of ensuring future generations don’t have to go through the same heartbreak I did.

‘I’ll do my best to ensure we reach that day sooner.’

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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