Infirmary Upgrade Appeal


At the Royal Hospital Chelsea we pride ourselves on the outstanding care and quality of life we offer our veterans. However, times have changed since our Infirmary was built and it no longer meets the exceptional standards we believe the Chelsea Pensioners deserve, in return for their loyal service.

In order to be leaders in our field and providers of the calibre of care our veterans deserve, we urgently need to upgrade the Infirmary.

Will you help transform the lives of the most vulnerable Chelsea Pensioners?  

Turning our vision into a reality will depend on the generosity of friends like you. With your support we can:

  • Update our technology and equipment to reflect the latest innovations.
  • Make the residential wards as warm and welcoming as the traditional Christopher Wren long wards, easing the transition for Chelsea Pensioners moving into the Infirmary 
  • Make adaptations to meet the needs of the increasing numbers of veterans with limb loss we expect in the future. 
  • Increase confidentiality and reduce infection risk with a self-contained medical centre
  • Prepare for future pandemics with increased hygiene measures.
  • Ensure our Infirmary matches the exceptional standard of care our team provides

“The staff love what they do and it’s reflected in their care, commitment and respect. Now we need to bring the building up to the same level. There is no reason why we shouldn’t be a centre of excellence in our field.”

 – Jack Pasley, senior nurse and former soldier

To minimise disruption to the Chelsea Pensioners and ensure they enjoy the benefits of the upgrade as soon as possible, we urgently need to raise the necessary funds quickly.

Please donate today to play your part in ensuring our Infirmary is as outstanding as our care.



We’d love to know what motivated you to donate to the Royal Hospital and the Chelsea Pensioners. Email to let us know why you decided to support the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and if you would like your donation to go towards our heritage and horticulture work, the care of the Chelsea Pensioners, or wherever the Governor feels it would have the most impact.

A monthly gift can help us plan ahead with confidence, so we can meet the ongoing needs of our heritage site and the Chelsea Pensioners. Find out more here.

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