Coronavirus (COVID-19): Latest information

We have made the difficult decision to close The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity offices in both the Chelsea and Sutton hospitals due to COVID-19. Our charity team will be working remotely and can be contacted via email - [email protected]. Post sent to the office will be checked once a week.

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Celebrate a Life

The Celebrate a Life services have now taken place, check back in Autumn when we will have information about Celebrate a Life 2020. 

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.

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.

This year's carol services have now taken place, and the trees have been removed. We will update this page with information about Celebrate a Life 2020 in the Autumn, in the meantime you can still make a donation to support the hospital. 

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
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).