Cancer survivor Marie forgoes birthday gifts for donations

PUBLISHED: 17:23 08 April 2016 | UPDATED: 17:23 08 April 2016

Marie Barbet with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren

Marie Barbet with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren


A selfless cancer survivor asked for donations to Macmillan Cancer Support rather than presents on her 80th birthday.

Left to right: Lorraine, Stephanie, Marie and SharonLeft to right: Lorraine, Stephanie, Marie and Sharon

Marie Barbet, of Chilton Green, WGC, turned 80 on Wednesday, April 2. She celebrated with a big children-themed party for friends and family on Thursday, April 3.

Mrs Barbet suffered from bowel cancer and had surgery to have her large bowel removed at Lister Hospital on Christmas Day 2013.

At the party, at the Fairway Tavern in WGC, she asked guests to donate the money they would have spent on presents to raise money for people with cancer.

Mrs Barbet’s husband Roy died 20 years ago after 42 years of marriage.

Marie BarbetMarie Barbet

She has four children, Kevin, Sharon, Stephanie and Lorraine.

She also has 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Her daughter Sharon Barbet, 60, said: “I think it’s really typical of Mum to do something so completely unselfish as to forego all her birthday presents and have donations to the charity instead, so this was no surprise to me.

“She has always put others before herself and is a very caring, giving individual.

“Macmillan has supported mum throughout her treatment and are always at the end of the phone.

“We are very grateful to them and believe that they are doing a really worthwhile job.”

The party was attended by children’s entertainer Mr Marvel.

Mrs Barbet handed out big party bags to all the children present.

Her son Kevin made a “spectacular” cake.

Speaking before the event, Sharon said: “It’s a chance for her to give everything that people would have given her to charity.”

Mrs Barbet has so far raised £360 for Macmillan.

To donate to her fundraising page, go to

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