Penarth couple celebrate 50 years of marriage by raising more than £1000 for Marie Curie
4:02pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
A PENARTH couple celebrating 50 years of wedded bliss have said thank you to friends and family who have helped them raise more than £1,000 for a local charity which is close to their hearts.
Mike and Pat Barnett marked their Golden Wedding Anniversary on September 28 at the Marriott Hotel, Cardiff, with 130 others.
But rather than presents, they asked for donations to the Penarth Marie Curie Hospice.
Pat, now 70, was diagnosed with breast cancer 16 years ago, but only had the all clear last year.
The pair have known several people treated at the facility on Bridgeman Road over the years, including Mike’s best man.
Mike said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to our family and friends for the flowers and donations.
“We were delighted to hand over the money to Marie Curie, who do such fantastic work.”
“A special thanks to our daughters. They give us the memories that keep us going,” added the grandfather of five.
One of their daughters, Debbie, said: “They have done something amazing.
“I am very proud of them both. Especially mum, she is such a trooper.
“She is so strong. When she found out she had cancer she said, sorry I’ve got grand kids I need to see grow up so make me better please.”
Mike and Pat have handed over a cheque for £1,057.19