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Dame Barbara Windsor thanks Good Morning Britain award winner for helping people with Alzheimer's tackle the 'struggles of a cruel illness' For confidential support or advice call the Samaritans on 116 123 for free or visit www.samaritans.org 

By Roxy Simons For Mailonline

Published: 11:35 GMT, 24 January 2020 | Updated: 11:44 GMT, 24 January 2020

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Dame Barbara Windsor sent a special message thanking Good Morning Britain's first-ever 1 Million Minutes Awards on Friday's edition of the show.

The actress, 82, was on hand to award Danny Brown the inaugural Dame Barbara Windsor Award - an accolade for someone who has helped people with Alzheimer's or Dementia combat loneliness.

Detailing her own experience with Alzheimer's, she told Danny in the sweet message: '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. 

Grateful: On Friday, Dame Barbara Windsor thanked Good Morning Britain award winner for helping people with Alzheimer's tackle the 'struggles of a cruel illness'

Grateful: On Friday, Dame Barbara Windsor thanked Good Morning Britain award winner for helping people with Alzheimer's tackle 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.'

Praising the volunteer for his incredible work, she added: 'And doing all this at the same time as living with dementia yourself, is truly inspirational. 

'Thank you Danny, and congratulations again. God bless,' she said, as she blew Danny a kiss.

Danny was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2014 and struggled with the

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