Actress Barbara Windsor of EastEnders fame visited St Mary’s Hospital yesterday to release 100 pink and white balloons to mark the end of breast cancer awareness season.
While she was at the hospital the ‘Carry On’ star chatted with patients on the ward and had coffee and mince pies with the breast cancer team.
Barbara’s character in EastEnders, Peggy Mitchell, experienced breast cancer in the famous BBC1 television series.
Breast clinical nurse specialist team leader Victoria Harmer, who organised the event, said: “It was just marvellous, she was very generous with her time, having photos taken with staff here.
“It was a very windy day and we were worried she would be lifted off her feet by all the balloons! She joked that is was just like a ‘Carry On’ film.”
The famous actress, who lives in Westminster, cut the ribbons of the balloons with a pair of pink scissors, whilst local singer Maryanne Kerr entertained a crowd made up of staff, general public and members of Imperial Breast Cancer Support Group.
Supporters of the day had purchased the chance to label the balloons with their names and a wish for the future or in memory before they were released. The owner of the balloon found to fly the furthest will win a prize.
Barbara and husband Scott also visited Witherow ward to spend time with some of the patients.