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Barbara Windsor breaks silence for the FIRST time since Alzheimer's diagnosis in emotional TV message to close friend Jane Moore

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 17/05/2018 18:30:00 Andrew Bullock

Barbara Windsor posing for a photo: Emotional: Barbara Windsor has made her first appearance on TV since it was announced she has Alzheimer's, sending a message to Jane Moore on her birthday © Provided by Associated Newspapers LimitedEmotional: Barbara Windsor has made her first appearance on TV since it was announced she has Alzheimer's, sending a message to Jane Moore on her birthday Barbara Windsor has spoken for the first time since it was announced she has Alzheimer's.

In an emotional pre-recorded message, the acting legend, 80, spoke on Thursday's edition of Loose Women, to wish Happy Birthday to panelist Jane Moore.

The Loose Women hosts were left emotional following the message, which was a surprise for Jane as she turns 56.

'Hi Jane, and all the Loose Women, it's Barbara Windsor here. I just wanted to wish you a very happy birthday darling Jane. And thank you, thank you so much for being a loyal and good friend. And helping Scott share my recent news.

'And I'd also like to say a big thank you to everyone for the messages of support I've been receiving. It really means a lot to me, it really does.

'Have a great day and have no fear - I still intend to carry on. And God bless everyone'.

Jane was seen wiping away tears as the message finished, saying 'thank you Barbara my darling... lovely.'

She went on: 'We all know that Barbara is incredible. Look at us all, we're all gone [crying].'

Barbara was diagnosed in 2014 and has spent the last four years being treated for the condition. She didn't personally make the annoucement; it was done through her husband, Scott Mitchell, via journalist Jane.

a person in a striped shirt: Barbara's message said: 'I just wanted to wish you a very happy birthday darling Jane. And thank you, thank you so much for being a loyal and good friend' © Provided by Associated Newspapers LimitedBarbara's message said: 'I just wanted to wish you a very happy birthday darling Jane. And thank you, thank you so much for being a loyal and good friend'

a person in a striped shirt: Barbara's message said: 'I just wanted to wish you a very happy birthday darling Jane. And thank you, thank you so much for being a loyal and good friend' © Provided by Associated Newspapers LimitedBarbara's message said: 'I just wanted to wish you a very happy birthday darling Jane. And thank you, thank you so much for being a loyal and good friend'

Barbara Windsor wearing a red shirt walking down the street: 'Have no fear!' She said in the emotional message 'I still intend to carry on. And God bless everyone' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited'Have no fear!' She said in the emotional message 'I still intend to carry on. And God bless everyone'

Jane went on: 'Scott is not a celebrity partner. He never puts himself in the limelight. It was a big thing for him to do that interview. It was absolutely the right thing.'

Looking at the camera, Jane blew a kiss and declared: 'Barbara, we love you!' 

Following the Carry On star's announcement that she had the progressive chronic neurodegenerative disease, Jane appeared on This Morning on behalf of her friend to reveal she is 'thrilled to bits' by the outpouring of support she has received from the public.

Speaking about Barbara, Jane told This Morning: 'She sometimes repeats herself or gets a little bit confused. The great thing is she knows who she is, her history, what she's done and how much the public love her.

'You called her a national treasure, that sums it up for me.' 

Barbara Windsor holding a sign posing for the camera: Brave: Following the Carry On star's announcement that she had the progressive chronic neurodegenerative disease, Jane appeared on This Morning on behalf of her friend to reveal she is 'thrilled to bits' by the outpouring of support she has received from the public © Provided by Associated Newspapers LimitedBrave: Following the Carry On star's announcement that she had the progressive chronic neurodegenerative disease, Jane appeared on This Morning on behalf of her friend to reveal she is 'thrilled to bits' by the outpouring of support she has received from the public

a close up of a woman: Loyal friend: Jane appeared on This Morning on behalf of her friend to reveal she is 'thrilled to bits' by the outpouring of support she has received from the public © Provided by Associated Newspapers LimitedLoyal friend: Jane appeared on This Morning on behalf of her friend to reveal she is 'thrilled to bits' by the outpouring of support she has received from the public

On Monday's Loose Women, Jane revealed that Barbara forgot that she and husband Scott Mitchell made her battle with Alzheimer's public.

'So one of Scott's issues has he discussed it with her and her specialist about going public because it was going to make their life easier,' she explained. 'So when she did see the response she was overwhelmed and got a bit tearful because I guess she had almost forgotten it was going to happen.'

However, revealing the actress is filled with joy when she sees the well-wishes from fans, she added: 'Every time Scott shows them to her, she just gets so thrilled and keeps saying, "I'm helping people".'

She also touched upon how husband Scott feels like a weight has been lifted from his shoulders, now the news is out in the open.

'He is hugely relieved I think,' she said. 'He got very very upset because it was that combination of being a release and he felt guilty because his whole instinct is to protect her.

'She's not actually been out since the story broke but he has and people are stopping him, and when she does go out he knows everyone will give her a collective hug.'

a smiling man and woman posing for a picture: Her rock: Barbara was diagnosed in 2014 and has spent the last four years being treated for the condition. She didn't personally make the annoucement; it was done through her husband, Scott Mitchell © Provided by Associated Newspapers LimitedHer rock: Barbara was diagnosed in 2014 and has spent the last four years being treated for the condition. She didn't personally make the annoucement; it was done through her husband, Scott Mitchell

When he initially revealed the news, Scott said he first noticed symptoms in 2009, just before his wife left EastEnders for the first time, when she began finding it difficult to learn her lines.

He added that the beloved screen star has been taking medication to manage the illness, but that her memory loss symptoms have worsened.

He also recalled how his wife - famed for her loveable laugh - began to cry in the neurologist's office when they were told she had the degenerative brain disease. 

Dame Barbara joined the cast of EastEnders in 1994 to play pub landlady Peggy Mitchell.

One of the most famous cast members, she took a brief two-year hiatus in 2003, before quitting in 2009.

However, she returned for a string of episodes in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The stalwart made her last appearance in May 2016, when Peggy took her own life after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

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