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Help Yorkshire Shine this Christmas

Three simple ways to get involved

Help save lives in Yorkshire this Christmas:

A Yorkshire Cancer Research representative holding up a paper star in-front of a building which is illuminated in stars

“So many people have been stars during my cancer experience”

“From my family and friends to the brilliant staff at the NHS and the fellow patients I met on the ward who helped me keep a positive attitude. The team working on the Active Together programme have all been stars, and I want to do something to thank them this Christmas.”

Neil, from Fulwood in Sheffield, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in May 2022. He received treatment at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield and has now been given the ‘all clear’.

18 months on from his diagnosis, Neil is looking forward to spending Christmas with his wife Lynne, children and two young grandsons.

Neil's experience
Neil plays with his grandchildren while wearing a Christmas mask

Kristina was like a bright star

“In life, our daughter Kristina was like a bright star. She was such a giving person, in her acts, in what she said to people. She always saw the good.

“Dedicating a star to Kristina is a way of keeping her memory alive. Being able to dedicate the star, and then keep it and bring it home with us for Christmases to come, is really special.”

Lesley and Philip Bowser, from Cottingham in East Yorkshire, first dedicated a star in memory of their daughter in 2021. It now hangs proudly on the family’s tree every Christmas, helping to keep Kristina’s memory present during the festive season.

The Bowser family celebrating the new year in 2021