Help care for the Chelsea Pensioners during the Coronavirus crisis

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is doing everything possible to keep the Chelsea Pensioners safe and well during the current pandemic.

Most of the Chelsea Pensioners are over 70 and many of them have some form of medical condition, disability or chronic illness. In normal times, they live full lives – but, as you know, these are not normal times. The most vulnerable residents are those receiving medical or specialist care in our Infirmary, but all of our Pensioners are at serious risk from the Coronavirus and all of them need our protection and support.

The Royal Hospital is taking all necessary steps to safeguard the Pensioners, based on the advice of the government and health professionals. We are preparing for every eventuality.

Any donation you make will be used to help us keep the Chelsea Pensioners safe and well during current crisis and help us prepare for the future. 

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Brompton Cemetery Seed Sowing
Sowing wildflowers in memory of past Chelsea Pensioners

On 6 May, Chelsea Pensioners and members of the Royal Hospital’s grounds team joined representatives from the Royal Parks, the Royal Parks Guild and the Friends of Brompton Cemetery to sow a patch of wildflower seeds in Brompton Cemetery as part of the Battlefields and Butterflies initiative.

Chelsea Pensioner Centenarians
100 years old and still going strong

Recent research backs up the anecdote that Chelsea Pensioners not only live considerably longer than their peers outside (by over five years, on average), but that their lifetimes once they come to the Royal Hospital are extending, year on year. This strongly suggests that the care and community here contribute to greater longevity – as well as improving quality of life. 

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