Adam Woodyatt, Natalie Cassidy and Jake Wood are among the Eastenders stars running the London Marathon on April 28 in honour of Dame Barbara Windsor for a dementia campaign.
The friends and former co-stars of the actress, whose battle with Alzheimer’s disease was revealed last year, are taking part in an all-star team called Barbara’s Revolutionaries.
The team will run for the Dementia Revolution, a year-long campaign formed by dementia charities Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK, for the event’s Charity of the Year.
Dame Barbara’s husband Scott Mitchell will lead the team, which also includes Eastenders actors Emma Barton, Kellie Shirley, Tanya Franks, Jamie Borthwick and Jane Slaughter.
They have united in support of the former Eastenders star, and hope to raise £100,000 to help ground-breaking research into dementia, as well as boosting awareness around the condition.
Jake, who plays Max Branning in the BBC One soap, said that his friendship with “wonderful, special friend” Dame Barbara inspired him to join the team.
He added: “Dementia is caused by diseases that affect so many people, like Barbara, yet awareness of dementia is so low and research is so underfunded. We’ve come together as a team to change this, and make a stand against dementia.”