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Help care for the Royal Hospital and the Chelsea Pensioners

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is a unique community – like a village in the heart of Chelsea. For more than 300 years, we have provided a home for veteran soldiers,  just as King Charles II intended. 

We depend on our friends to help us protect and preserve the heritage site Sir Christopher Wren designed, to look after our beautiful grounds and to care for the health and wellbeing of the Chelsea Pensioners, in return for their loyal service to the Nation.

Give today and help us to keep on caring

Your gift today could help ensure that the Chelsea Pensioners continue to offer the very best care and quality of life in their historic home and allow us to deal with any unexpected emergency or new needs. 


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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Grinling Gibbons statue of Charles II
The story behind the statue

On 3 August 2021 it will be 300 years since Grinling Gibbons’ death. Gibbons is celebrated as arguably the greatest decorative wood carver in British history. However, at the Royal Hospital we know him as the artist responsible for the striking gilded statue of our founder that stands in Figure Court – named in its honour. 

HRH Duke of Gloucester meeting Pensioner Tony Judge
Hope and happiness as Chelsea Pensioners celebrate the return of Founder’s Day

Founder’s Day is the highlight of the Royal Hospital’s calendar. Ever since 1692, it has been held on or close to 29 May – the birth of King Charles II and the date of his restoration to the throne. 


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