celebrate a life 2019

Celebrate a Life

Name a star for someone special this December and join thousands of other gold stars displayed outside our hospitals in Chelsea and Sutton. 

Girl points at a star on the Celebrate a Life tree

A star for a star

Celebrate a Life is a special occasion for our patients, their loved ones, our supporters and staff. It’s a time when we celebrate everyone dear to us.

Every December, thousands of gold stars are displayed on the Christmas trees outside our hospitals in Chelsea and Sutton, each one with the name of someone special handwritten in the centre.

Your named star will appear on one of our two Christmas trees and you will receive a 2019 gold star lapel badge to give as a gift, or to wear in recognition of someone special.

For the first time, this year you can also order a brass Royal Marsden Cancer Charity star decoration for your Christmas tree at home.

Every star you name will help us continue to make a vital difference to the lives of cancer patients by ensuring our nurses, doctors and research teams can provide the very best care and develop life-saving treatments used across the UK and around the world.

Find out about our carol services.

The event is so lovely, it’s very emotional but it’s so uplifting. You’ve got the choir and children singing, all the stars twinkling on the trees and it’s just lovely to see so many people there supporting The Royal Marsden.

Julie - former patient who names a star to celebrate her successful treatment
Celebrate a life tree decoration

Our new tree decoration

For the first time, we are delighted to offer you the opportunity to receive a brass Royal Marsden Cancer Charity star decoration for your tree at home.

The star decoration measures 60 x 60mm in size and is 0.8mm thick. This special star is enclosed in bio-degradable packaging.

Please note that the star will not be personalised with a name, but will have the year engraved on it for you to keep or give as a gift.

You can purchase a star for your tree at home on the Name a Star form below.

Davina and her son Jake

A star for my...

There are many different reasons why people choose to dedicate a star, it could be in memory of someone special, to say thank you to a member of staff who supported them at the hospital or just to celebrate the people in their lives.

Read some of the stories behind why people choose to dedicate a star for someone special. 

"Celebrate a Life is a special way for my son to be remembered. I look out at night and tell my little boy Joe that Jake is the brightest star looking back."

- Davina (pictured right with son Jake).

Name your Celebrate a Life star

Make a donation today and name a star for someone special.