Ross Kemp revealed that Dame Barbara Windsor wanted to spend more money on dementia research.
The TV icon sadly died Thursday aged 83 after losing her battle with Alzheimer's and taking tributes for the EastEnders and Carry-On star.
And now, 56-year-old Ross, who played her on-screen son Grant Mitchell at EastEnders, opened his last conversation with the actress on a FaceTime call three weeks ago.
What She Wanted: Ross Kemp revealed that Dame Barbara Windsor's wish was to spend more money on dementia research
Speaking to The Mirror, the actor recalled how Barbara told him about her despair over the disease, expressed her wish that more could be done to help people with dementia and how she wanted a "Barbara tax" to be introduced .
He told the publication, “Barbara made it very clear that dementia should be treated as a medical problem, not a social care problem.
"And I know it's very expensive. So bring a Barbara tax – another pound or so on your tax bill to keep people from having to sell their homes to care for their loved ones." 39;
He added that the money could also be used to "find a cure for dementia" or at least "slow it down".
Closing Talk: Ross, 56, who played her on-screen son Grant Mitchell at EastEnders, opened his last conversation with the actress on a FaceTime call three weeks ago
The TV star went on to say that Barbara's husband Scott Mitchell, 57, supported her idea, adding that Scott was "devastated" by her death.
Regarding her final days, Ross said, "By the end, Barbara was very brave and very vocal when it came to talking about Alzheimer's and dementia. From the first diagnosis, I remember talking to her and Scott about whether it was right was to be so vocal. But to her it was clear. & # 39;
He added that her determination to fight the cause "put her together" and that she was ready to use her "celebrity status" to highlight "Britain's greatest murderer".
There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, and Ross noted that the sheer amount of other people suffering from the same disease has not been lost in either Barbara or Scott.
Sadly missing: The TV icon died Thursday at the age of 83 after losing her battle with Alzheimer's
Wish: "Barbara made it very clear that dementia should be treated as a medical problem and not as a social problem."
The Ultimate Force star also shared how he had been in constant textual contact with Scott during Barbara's last few days, with the recruiter blessing Ross to discuss Barbara's final wishes.
He added the last time he spoke to her on FaceTime three weeks ago, sharing how her death hit us all hard.
Speaking of Barbara's hopes for the future of dementia research, he said he believed the government intended to spend more money on dementia – and Scott was determined to make sure of that.
He added that it is the "legacy" that "Barbara wants to be reminded of".
Plan: I know it's very expensive. So bring a Barbara tax – another pound or so on your tax bill to keep people from having to sell their homes to look after their loved ones ”(pictured as Peggy and Grant Mitchell in 1996).
It has since been reported that Barbara's Cockney roots will be remembered with a memorial ceremony next year.
It is said that the event will mark the star's legacy on stage and on screen, with famous faces taking part.
A source told The Sun: "The memorial, which hopefully will take place later next year, will be a real celebration of Barbara's life for everyone to enjoy together."
Barbara's funeral is expected to take place later this month, but with the existing restrictions of Covid-19, only 30 people are allowed to attend.
Supporter: The TV star said Barbara's husband Scott Mitchell, 57, supported her idea, adding that Scott was "down" with her death (pictured in December 2017).
The memorial for fans to pay their respects will no doubt be a larger public event if restrictions are relaxed.
Elsewhere, it has been reported that Barbara will star in three carry-on films, with producers hoping to use a hologram with old footage of the star.
Barbara starred in nine carry-on films between 1964 and 1974.
Carry On Films Ltd news films are released 30 years after the last screen release.
Her Legacy: Regarding her final days, Ross said, "Until the end, Barbara was very brave and very vocal when it came to fighting Alzheimer's and dementia."
Speaking to Daily Star Sunday, CEO Brian Baker said of the new idea: & # 39;
“We have two new stories and we want to do one of the old ones again to bring it up to date – probably Carry On Sergeant.
& # 39; Barbara will show up. There will be a tilt of the head to say, "Well done". That's the best way to do it. We want to use a hologram made from old footage to put her in a situation like a queue for the Royal Albert Hall or to serve in a shop. & # 39;
He added, “People loved her because she was down to earth. She saw the funny side. She didn't offend herself. She had the old-fashioned British humor by the sea. «
Carry On legends Sid James and Kenneth Williams will also perform.
Memorial: Meanwhile, it has been reported that Barbara's Cockney roots will be remembered with a memorial ceremony next year
Production of the films is scheduled to begin next spring for a release in 2022. They should be available via a streaming service such as Netflix or Amazon Prime.
Barbara is survived by her third husband Scott, who announced early Friday morning that his “best friend and soul mate” passed away peacefully in a London nursing home at 8:35 pm on Thursday.
He had moved into her home a few days earlier to be by her side when she died.
In a statement, he said: “She died of Alzheimer's / dementia and Barbara eventually died peacefully and I spent the last seven days by her side.
What a Star: It is said that the event will mark the star's legacy on stage and on screen, with famous faces taking part
Myself, her family and friends will remember Barbara with love, smiles and affection, for the many years of love, fun, friendship and glamor that she has brought into our whole life and for the entertainment, which she gave to so many thousands of others during her career. & # 39;
He added, “It was not the ending that Barbara or anyone else living with this very cruel disease deserves. I will always take great pride in Barbara's courage, dignity and generosity in dealing with her own illness and still trying to help others by raising awareness for as long as possible. & # 39;
At the end of his moving tribute, Mr. Mitchell said, “May you rest in peace now, my precious bar. I have lost my wife, best friend and soul mate, and my heart or life will never feel like this without you. & # 39;
Hologram? Elsewhere, it has been reported that Barbara will star in three carry-on films, with producers hoping to use a hologram with old footage of the star
Dame Barbara became one of the most iconic faces on UK screens for her entertaining, sassy roles in the carry-on comedies of the 1960s and '70s before becoming the no-nonsense landlady of Queen Vic, Peggy Mitchell.
As she fought valiantly against Alzheimer's in the last few years of her life, she turned to the Campaign to Protect Dementia, Vulnerable, and Lonely, and her passionate support for the armed forces through the Poppy Appeal.
The actress, who was named Queen by the Queen in 2016, announced that she will suffer from Alzheimer's in 2018 after being diagnosed four years earlier. She moved to a nursing home in July, five months before her death.
An icon: Barbara is survived by her third husband Scott, who announced early Friday morning that his "best friend and soul mate" passed away peacefully in a London nursing home at 8:35 pm on Thursday
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