Celebrate a Life 2023

Who is your shining star?

Each year, thousands of stars are named and hung on Christmas trees outside our hospitals. Behind every star is a story, and Celebrate a Life is a unique way to celebrate those most special to you.

By naming a star and adding a message for someone special with your donation, you will make a vital difference to the lives of cancer patients and their families.

Name your star

Find your star

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

Jenny Stephenson

Thank you to everyone who named their shining star this festive season, and everyone who joined us at our Celebrate a Life carol services this year. Your support helps us to ensure that The Royal Marsden can continue to make a vital difference to the lives of cancer patients and their families.   

Thank you to everyone who took part and for celebrating the shining stars in your lives.

A man and woman singing carols at a Celebrate a Life carol service

Celebrate a Life 2023 Carol services

Thank you to everyone who joined us outside The Royal Marsden hospitals for our 20th year of Celebrate a Life carol services. It was wonderful to see so many of you come together to watch the services both in person and virtually, in celebration of your shining stars.   

During these special services, we switched on the Christmas tree lights and enjoyed a selection of hymns, prayers and readings, with performances from local choirs and bands.   

Find out more, and watch the recordings of the services online.

Celebrate A Life stars on the Royal Marsden Christmas tree.

Your shining stars

There were many different reasons why people chose to name a star for Celebrate a Life. It was an opportunity to celebrate the lives of the people most special to us, whether that be in memory of a loved one, valuing everything about them, or to thank a shining star at the hospital, who made a difference.

Every star had a story of its own, and Celebrate a Life provided a unique way of cherishing your shining stars.   

Discover some of the stories behind the stars. 

Green background with sparkles

I would definitely encourage other people to name a star as it’s such a lovely way to celebrate a loved one.

Angela, who names a star for her daughter.

Order of Service

If you would like a digital copy of the Order of Service, you can download your copy below. Inside, you’ll find the names that were your shining stars of Celebrate a Life 2023.

Name your shining star

Every star named helps make a vital difference to people affected by cancer.