"I spent 6 years in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and a further 16 in the Royal Marines, which qualified me to become a Chelsea Pensioner.
I always wanted to live in London so becoming a Chelsea Pensioner was my goal, as I wouldn't have been able to afford to live here otherwise!
So if you want something enough, I'm a lesson in working long and hard for it!
While in the Royal Marines I was able to serve in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia.
I wouldn't change anything, I really feel like I'm in the middle of all the action here. I always make sure to walk around town after breakfast, to get out of my quarters - it's important that we all feel part of the world around us. It's a big world and there's a lot going on to get involved in."
Chelsea Pensioner and former Typex Operator Helen Andrews visits the famous codebreaker site
Chelsea Pensioners have recognised the work efforts of staff who will be working over the Christmas period