Jenny Stephenson

Name a star for someone special

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. You can name a star for someone special below or if you have already named a star, please search for the name on our virtual tree.

Name a star

Find your star

Once you've named your special star you can search for it on our virtual tree by typing into the box below.

Image of young girl holding her Celebrate a Life star

How does it work?

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 our virtual tree at the top of this webpage. You will receive a 2020 gold star lapel badge to give as a gift, or to wear in recognition of someone special and you can also choose to purchase a Celebrate a Life brass star decoration for your 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.

Celebrate a Life is a chance to start a new tradition. Last year I found Tay’s name on the tree in Sutton wrapped up in lights, as if he was standing out saying ‘I’m here. You can’t see me, but I’m here'

Lucy - who names a star for her husband, Tay
Image of a group of people gathered for a previous carol service

Carol services

We are currently hoping to be able to hold our Celebrate a Life carol services at 6pm on Tuesday 8 December in Sutton and Thursday 10 December in Chelsea, however, if the existing government guidelines remain in place we will unfortunately not be able to go ahead. For more information, visit our carol services page.

Image of Lucy and her late husband Tay

A star for a star

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 name a star for someone special.

Image of a Celebrate a Life's star hanging on a Christmas tree

A star decoration for your tree at home

For the second year in a row we are delighted to give you the chance to order our Royal Marsden Cancer Charity star decoration for your Christmas tree at home.

This unique decoration measures 60x60mm in size and is 0.8mm thick. The 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.

Purchase a star for your tree at home by clicking on the link below.