Variety is heartbroken to hear that veteran actor Dame Barbara Windsor, who worked tirelessly to support the charity over many years, has died at the age of 83.

A much-loved national treasure, she was best known for her roles in East Enders and Carry On films.

Dame Barbara gave her time to Variety in many different ways over several decades, presiding over Sunshine Coach presentations, fronting campaigns, and making appearances at events, among other activities.

In 2015, she was the face of the Charity’s ‘I Love A Bit of Variety’ T-shirt campaign, helping to generate thousands of pounds in funds to support sick, disabled and disadvantaged children.

She is seen here in 2012 giving Hindleap Warren Outdoor Centre the keys to a new Sunshine Coach at the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead. She always brought attention, love and humour to the children Variety supports.

She was a Variety Celebrity Ambassador for over 30 years.

She is seen here with Michael Baim and actor Roy Kinnear at a Variety event in the 1960s.

American actor, singer, dancer, comedian, musician, and philanthropist, Danny Kaye, is seen here with Dame Barbara at a Variety event.

Here, she can be seen with Danny Kaye and actor and comedian Bernard Cribbins at another Variety event in the 1960s.

In recognition of her incredible career and all of her years of support, Dame Barbara was decorated with a Lifetime Achievement award at Variety’s 2010 Showbiz Awards.

Variety is so grateful to have been able to count Dame Barbara as an Ambassador, and we join the nation in mourning the loss of such a dear friend.