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The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity - Celebrate a Life

Postby JohnHarding » Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:03 pm

At this time each year, The Royal Marsden affords people the chance to acknowledge, in a festive environment, those who were close to them but are no longer with us. This takes the form of a star, bearing the name of the person being recognised, which is displayed on a Christmas tree at either of the two sites the Trust runs. The stars are unveiled at the ceremony of turning on the Christmas tree lights. This year there seems to be consensus that the names which should be displayed are the following: Dusty Springfield, Brian Fidler, and Rob Wilkins, and, potentially, Kay Garner. The inclusion of Brian's and Rob's names serves two purposes - to acknowledge their popularity within, and their contribution to, this community. I have suggested Kay for two reasons - she was a regular backing singer for Dusty, causing huge amusement to the great lady herself by throwing her arms around during sound checks when she would sometimes stand in for Dusty, and also because she too was treated for cancer at The Royal Marsden after her diagnosis in autumn 2006. Kay passed away in July 2007. I'd appreciate any opinions members might have which are not in agreement with those suggestions, which I am proposing are displayed at the Chelsea site only. The total cost will be £80.00 in accordance with the Trust's recommendations (£20 per name per site).
We are also invited to send a representative to the 'unveiling' tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, December 15 2016, during a short Christmas carol service. An order of service will be available which will contain the names of all those being remembered. I could attend (I have family members who have been treated there in addition to Dusty and Kay), but if there is anyone available who would dearly love to go, can you please let me know by private email (johnvharding48@btinternet.com) before November 21?
I hope everyone in the northern hemisphere is keeping warm - the weather in England has turned rather chilly rather quickly.
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Re: The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity - Celebrate a Life

Postby trek007 » Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:43 pm

Lovely to have a star for all the people mentioned.
Dusty
Brian
Rob
Kay were all stars . :star: :star: :star: :star:
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Postby karen » Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:35 am

Yes that will be lovely to have them all mentioned John.. thank you .. :star: [:)]
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Re: The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity - Celebrate a Life

Postby pat.dunham » Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:44 am

What a nice thought, John, agree :star: :star: :star: :star: .
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Postby Cardiff Bluesgirl » Sat Nov 19, 2016 10:31 am

Lovely thought John. :star:
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Postby darren2722 » Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:41 pm

Excellent ideas John.
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Re: The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity - Celebrate a Life

Postby JohnHarding » Sun Nov 20, 2016 3:58 pm

I'm glad members are happy, but I must set the record straight. This wasn't my idea - I just try to arrange things (and try to remember to make diary notes as I find things out), so I can't take the credit, though I absolutely agree that this is a lovely thing to do. This practice was started at least a year ago. Tomorrow is the due date for submissions, so I shall be making the arrangements then.
Since no-one else indicated that they wanted to attend the ceremony, I am planning to be there, and hope to be able to post photographs showing what the donation secured.
Lapel badges are also provided in respect of each named star, and I think the best way to use those would be to give them to the families of Rob, Brian and Kay as a token of our collective esteem and affection. I have a plan for the one bearing Dusty's name, but I'd like to see what it's like before I reveal that.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone.

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Postby Cas19 » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:39 am

It is indeed a lovely thought John.
It was started many years ago John re a star for Dusty.

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Re: The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity - Celebrate a Life

Postby JohnHarding » Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:01 pm

Last night was the Royal Marsden Hospital's Christmas tree lighting and Christmas carol concert on the steps of the hospital in Chelsea. I had hoped to get a stunning photo of the entire tree - FAILED. I'm attaching the only photo I could get amongst the crowds of people there - it's roughly the top half of the tree, plus another shot showing the nature of the stars which were attached, so that everyone gets an idea of how the tribute is recorded. I'd have loved to have found all four of 'our' stars, but as you can see, that would not have been possible. However, they did hand out a service booklet, and they got all four names right in that. I had hoped to scan the relevant pages of the booklet to include here, but I'm not going to be able to do that until Sunday, but they will follow. I should mention that Rob's widow and Kay's daughter have both asked me to convey their appreciation to everyone in the forum for choosing to honour their family members in this way. I sent each of them the lapel badges which The Royal Marsden sent - I took a photo before I sent them out, and that is attached too. One is left over; I have an idea as to where to donate that, but that's something which will have to wait a while. I did get a letter from The Royal Marsden some weeks ago, thanking us for the donation, but unfortunately they addressed it solely to me. I've tried on two occasions to get an updated (corrected) version, but to no avail. However, last night I met a young lady from the donations section of the charity, and she promised that she would send me an augmented version of the letter. I'd like you all to see it.
Whilst I'm here, I'm sure you'll all have seen David's photo of the cleaned memorial stone in Henley with its beautiful Christmas wreath. I arranged for a 'Let's talk Dusty' floral tribute to be placed at the site - that should appear by December 21, and I've been promised a photo which I'll share with everyone when it arrives. I'm constantly cheered by the wonderful generosity of members all around the globe which makes gestures like these possible.
With best wishes,
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How the stars looked on the tree
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The top half of the whole tree, with all the stars attached
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The lapel pins, two of which were sent to family members and the third to a close friend of Brian Fidler.
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Re: The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity - Celebrate a Life

Postby Corinna » Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:57 pm

How wonderful, John! Thank you so much for your efforts! Please know that they are greatly appreciated. <3
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Re: The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity - Celebrate a Life

Postby trek007 » Fri Dec 16, 2016 8:30 pm

Thanks John. So difficult to take photos in a crowd!
Tree looks colourful. Look forward to seeing the Christmas arrangement at the marker.
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Postby daydreamer » Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:36 pm

Thank you so much John, we are all so thrilled with the way you have taken over so smoothly from Rob, who himself did a fabulous job. xx :yes:
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Postby Cas19 » Sat Dec 17, 2016 6:32 am

Thank you John, its lovely to see the actual stars on the tree.

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Postby karen » Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:27 am

Yes thank you John , lovely to see this , well done re the picture too , not easy when so many there , [:)]
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Postby pat.dunham » Sat Dec 17, 2016 2:39 pm

Thanks John, look forward to the Christmas flowers.
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Postby AGirlCalledHannah » Sat Dec 17, 2016 2:46 pm

Thank you, John [:)]
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Re: The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity - Celebrate a Life

Postby JohnHarding » Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:33 pm

Hi everyone. Still no revised letter from The Royal Marsden, but I have managed to get a scanned copy of the pages from the 'Stars' booklet. I have added a handwritten asterisk adjacent to each of 'our' names. This should appear as a single document (a .pdf) but there are three sheets which make it up - simply scroll down to view all the pages.

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Postby Cas19 » Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:04 am

Thank you very much John.

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Postby trek007 » Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:18 pm

:thumbsup:
Thanks for the list John.
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Re: The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity - Celebrate a Life

Postby JohnHarding » Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:34 pm

I've FINALLY managed to get a (slightly crooked) scan of the Royal Marsden's thank you letter for the collective donation to their 2016 Celebrate a Life appeal. It's attached at the end of this messsage.

I know it's a couple of days early, but I'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2017. I'm looking forward very much to meeting friends old (and thanks to Let's talk Dusty) new at Dusty Day.

With love,

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Re: The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity - Celebrate a Life

Postby trek007 » Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:04 am

Nice to see the letter, so thanks John.

Wishing you and your family a Happy, Healthy New Year.
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Re: The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity - Celebrate a Life

Postby Cas19 » Sun Jan 01, 2017 8:51 am

Thank you again John.

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