Today, international singer-songwriter Bryan Adams unveiled a berth named in honour of his foundation.
Adams has a longstanding association with the Royal Hospital Chelsea; he performed there at a concert in aid of his Foundation 5 years ago and will do so again in July to help wounded veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. All of the men in his family have served with the British Army (Royal Engineers), and Adams’ father graduated from Sandhurst before emigrating to Canada.
Today’s naming ceremony is a thank you for the donation The Bryan Adams Foundation made to the Royal Hospital Chelsea earlier this year in support of its extensive refurbishment. The programme has resulted in the original Sir Christopher Wren designed Long Wards (long corridors of berths) from 1682 being modernised from 9x9 foot rooms, without windows and only communal bathroom facilities; to newly refurbished rooms with a large window and en suite bathroom, bedroom and study.
The Chelsea Pensioner who will reside in the ‘Adams berth’, otherwise known as Berth 1, LW 5, East Wing, is 80 year old Tom Mullaney. Also in attendance at the naming ceremony will be four Chelsea Pensioners, The Royal Hospital Chelsea’s Governor: General Sir Redmond Watt KCB KCVO CBE DL, Lieutenant Governor, Major General Peter Currie CB and Trustees of The Bryan Adams Foundation.
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