Barbara Windsor's husband: Dementia battle is 'horrible to witness'

Dame Barbara Windsor's husband says watching a loved one with dementia "being stripped of who they were" is the "most heartbreaking thing to watch".

Scott Mitchell, 56, who has been married to Dame Barbara for 25 years, has previously spoken about how upsetting it is when his wife does not recognise him or their home.

He is part of the Barbara's Revolutionaries team that hopes to raise £100,000 for the Dementia Revolution campaign by running the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 28.

He told the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio on Monday: "It's a really cruel, horrible condition.

"For anyone who has seen a loved one go through it, it's a horrible thing to witness.

"You see that person slowly disappearing before your eyes, being stripped of who they were.

"Anyone who has been through it would tell you it's the most heartbreaking thing to watch."

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Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) is watched by actress Barbara Windsor (L) as she speaks on the telephone at the annual ICAP charity day in the City of London December 3, 2013. REUTERS/Paul Grover/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS SOCIETY ROYALS)
British actor Bernard Bresslaw, dressed as Father Bernard is shown with actress Barbara Windsor around May 21, 1972. They are both appearing in the British comedy film series "Carry on Abroad" now in production at Pinewood Studios, England. (AP Photo/Bob Dear)
British comedy actor Sid James gets a friendly farewell cuddle from his British co-star Barbara Windsor as they complete the last day of shooting of the film "Carry On Girls", at Pinewood Studios, England, May 25, 1973. (AP Photo/Robert Dear)
Britain's Prince Charles shares a joke with actress Barbara Windsor, right, and Kelly Osbourne, center, as Kelly's mother Sharon Osbourne looks on, backstage during filming of the Royal Variety Performance at the London Coliseum, in central London, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004. (AP Photo/Chris Young/Pool)
British actress Barbara Windsor arrives for the Royal World Premiere of the movie Alice in Wonderland in Leicester Square, London, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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Barbara Windsor and Scott Mitchell attend the after party following the 'BBC Children in Need' gala performance of 'Mamma Mia' on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 in London, UK. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
Barbara Windsor, left and Anneka Rice attend the after party following the 'BBC Children in Need' gala performance of 'Mamma Mia' on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 in London, UK. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
Barbara Windsor and Scott Mitchel arrive for the opening night of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a new stage musical based on Roald Dahl's popular story about Willy Wonka and his amazing Chocolate Factory, at the Drury Lane Theatre in central London, Tuesday, June 25, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, centre, rides with television personalities Barbara Windsor , second right and journalist Alastair Stewart, right, on a 1960's Routemaster bus, on route to meeting London Poppy Day staff and volunteers in London Thursday Nov. 7, 2013. Accompanied by Prince William, the couple surprised hundreds of commuters, as they joined poppy sellers at a London Tube station. (AP Photo/Carl Court, Pool)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, left and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge third right, ride with television personality Barbara Windsor, second right, on a 1960's Routemaster bus, on route to meeting London Poppy Day staff and volunteers in London Thursday Nov. 7, 2013. Accompanied by Prince William, the couple surprised hundreds of commuters, as they joined poppy sellers at a London Tube station. (AP Photo/Carl Court, Pool)
British Prime Minister David Cameron, talks to British actress Barbara Windsor outside 10 Downing Street during a event to mark the annual Poppy Day appeal in London, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. The symbolic Poppies are sold each year prior to Armistice Day, Nov 11, to raise money in aid of armed forces veterans. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
British actress Barbara Windsor poses for photographers with a map as she hands out leaflets and maps at Piccadilly Circus, to welcome visitors from around the world to London, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Barbara Windsor joined volunteers from the Team London Visitor Welcome program helping visitors to the capital this summer get the most out of their trip. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
British actress Barbara Windsor poses for photographers with her husband Scott Mitchell at Piccadilly Circus, in London, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Barbara Windsor MBE joined volunteers from theTeam London Visitor Welcome programme helping visitors to the capital this summer get the most out of their trip. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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East Enders star Barbara Windsor (L) joins comedian Ronnie Corbett in saluting the Queen from a parade float during Golden Jubilee celebrations June 4, 2002. REUTERS/Chris Helgren CLH/
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) walks around the set of BBC soap opera Eastenders with actress Barbara Windsor, November 28, 2001. The Queen has spent a day touring various broadcasting facilities including the set of long running sopa opera Eastenders and the news room of ITN before going on to see a rehersal of popular childrens television programme Blue Peter.
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Mr Mitchell's group includes EastEnders stars Adam Woodyatt, Jake Wood, Emma Barton, Natalie Cassidy, Kelly Shirley, Tanya Franks, Jamie Borthwick and Jane Slaughter.

Four of his team have had friends or family suffer the disease, he told Evans, who is now is his eighth week at the radio station after leaving BBC Radio 2.

On Sunday, Mr Mitchell ran The Vitality Big Half in London in preparation for the full marathon.

He said the day was made "much more poignant" by his returning home to find his wife struggling with the illness.

Mr Mitchell said: "Yesterday, the irony was I had the most fantastic day and saw you guys, and all the crowds and everything else – and the adrenaline.

"I got home and Barbara was having a really tough day. It really brought it home for me."

Dame Barbara, 81, was told she had dementia in 2014 but kept the diagnosis secret until May last year.

Mr Mitchell previously revealed the actress sometimes forgets they are married.

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