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Celebrate a Life

Our Celebrate a Life 2018 services have now taken place. Further details will be announced about 2019 services this Autumn.

Celebrate a Life stars

A star for a star

The 2018 services have now taken place. We have an online version of the Order of Service available to download. Further details will be announced about Celebrate a Life 2019 in Autumn. Any questions about the services please get in touch.

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 the Christmas trees outside our hospitals are decorated with thousands of our special Celebrate a Life stars, each with the name of a loved one handwritten in the centre.

Your named star can appear on one of our two Christmas trees and you'll receive a gold star lapel badge to give as a gift or to wear in recognition of your loved one. 

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.

I name a star to celebrate Mum's life every year. The service can be emotional but it's a really lovely atmosphere.

Mary Wiggins, whose mother Joan, was treated at The Royal Marsden 35 years ago
Girl looking at the stars on the Christmas tree

A star for a star

Read about why some of our supporters take part in Celebrate a Life.

"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."

The 2018 services have now taken place.

Details about Celebrate a Life 2019 will be announced in Autumn. For any questions, please get in touch. You can still donate to help us improve the lives of those affected by cancer.