This week runners all over country and further afield will be finding out if they have a public ballot place to run the iconic Virgin Money London Marathon next year.

Whether you’re waiting to hear if you have a place or you already have one confirmed, I want to tell you why I’m supporting the Dementia Revolution and why I hope you will too.

Living with Alzheimer’s disease myself, the opportunity to make a stand against dementia by supporting Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK as they raise funds for critical research is one I could not pass up.

When my husband Scott and I went public about my diagnosis earlier this year, I was overwhelmed by the reaction and all the messages of support we received.

Before we can develop life-changing treatments and ultimately a cure for Alzheimer’s and other causes of dementia, we must first change attitudes. I hope that by sharing my story, I can help raise awareness of this cruel condition and encourage more people to support dementia research.

So why should you support the Dementia Revolution?

Right now there are nearly one million people in the UK living with dementia. This number is set to grow so it is so important that we come together to fund research that will one day beat dementia.

The money raised during this special one-year campaign will help to fund research at the UK Dementia Research Institute. This is a new national institute which brings together 700 top scientists and researchers, all working together to transform the lives of people affected by dementia.

I know that by coming together to support research we will put an end to dementia.

So if you are lucky enough to get a marathon spot in the ballot, I would love you to join me in backing dementia research and select the Dementia Revolution as your chosen charity.

Thank you.

Dame Barbara Windsor

Join the Revolution


You don't have to run the London Marathon to be part of the Revolution.


By making a donation you will help power groundbreaking research at the UK Dementia Research Institute.

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