Barbara Windsor says Alzheimer’s is cruel in rare appearance amid dementia fight

Dame Barbara Windsor gave a special video message at last night’s Good Morning Britain ’s first-ever 1 Million Minutes Awards and the touching footage was shown on GMB this morning.

The actress, who has Alzheimer’s Disease, awarded Danny Brown the inaugural Dame Barbara Windsor Award – an accolade for someone who has helped people with Alzheimer’s or Dementia combat loneliness.

In a rare TV appearance, the legendary Brit star congratulated Danny on his award and described the illness as 'cruel' as she spoke publicly for the first time in months.

Barbara is battling dementia after she was diagnosed with degenerative condition Alzheimer’s in 2014.

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Sitting comfortably at her home, Barbara says: "Volunteers like you are so important in the fight against loneliness, especially for those like us, who know all too well the struggles of a cruel illness.

"Your dedication to helping others has not only helped bring your community together, but brought much-needed attention to the valuable cause."

She continued to commend Danny as she finished her message by saying: "And doing all of this at the same time as living with dementia yourself, is truly inspirational.

Thank you Danny and congratulations again. God Bless."

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The TV star, who is best known for playing Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders from 1990 to 2016, then blew a sweet kiss to Danny before the video cut off.

Winner Danny was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2014 and struggled with the diagnosis, so made plans to end his life.

But after contacting the Alzheimer's Society, he got support, became involved in volunteering and he hasn’t looked back as he fights to raise awareness about dementia.

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GMB then returned to Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard who explained how Danny Brown won the first ever Dame Barbara Windsor award and described him as an 'extraordinary character'.

The presenters explained how he was 'thrilled' to get a dedicated Kiss from Barbara before telling viewers how the actress's husband Scott Mitchell was "very much involved in the judging process."

Ben continued to describe the show's first-ever 1 Million Minutes Awards as he called it a "truly special evening."

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He said: "We are thrilled that our viewers have donated 150million minutes to help all of these incredible causes."

The star-studded evening celebrated the people who go above and beyond to help combat loneliness.

Barbara was diagnosed with the degenerative condition in 2014.

The Carry On films were some of her most memorable roles and she starred in ten in total.

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Last year, she and husband Scott became Alzheimer’s Society ambassadors.

Scott recently shared how heartbreaking it is to have to remind his wife of their marriage as her memory fades.

He spoke of how her symptoms and condition has continued to deteriorate because of the "frightening" disease.

In November last year, Scott admitted that sometimes Barbara doesn't recognise him and asks where her husband is.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, he said: "It hits her at certain times, the confusion; we get repetitive questions not knowing where the house is now.

"She can look at me straight in the eye and say, 'Do you know where my husband Scott is?'

Scott previously told The Sun : "It's a progressive illness, which is what you have to understand. Her symptoms and condition is pretty much the same, if not worse."

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