Could you be a fundraiser for the Royal Hospital?

Whether you’re sporty or creative, a daredevil or a domestic goddess, there are all kinds of fun and fulfilling ways you can support our work and make a difference to the Chelsea Pensioners. You can go it alone, or gather your friends and family, challenge yourself or just do what you love the best.

Whatever you decide to do, it will be twice as satisfying when you know you’re helping a worthwhile cause.

Be Inspired

From bake sales to bungee jumps, raffles to runs, there are countless ways you can raise money for the Royal Hospital – the only limit is your imagination. Take a look at our Fundraising Guide (below) for everything you need to know about how to make a success out of fundraising and the impact you’ll have including:

  • advice and encouragement from Chelsea Pensioners and other fundraisers
  • tips on running and promoting a successful event
  • a wealth of inspiring fundraising ideas.

Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

  • Challenge yourself
    Fancy doing a skydive or wing walk? Want to climb a mountain or walk the coastline?  Now’s the time to take on that challenge. Sponsorship from friends, family and colleagues will spur you on.
  • Get creative
    Whether you’re a whizz with the sewing machine, an expert knitter, a potter, painter or jewellery maker, why not sell your creations to raise money for the Royal Hospital?
  • Tickle those tastebuds
    Are you a budding Mary Berry or the next Paul Hollywood? A keen hostess or a competitive cook? From bake sales and afternoon tea parties to Come Dine with Me challenges, you can use your culinary skills for a good cause. Whether you sell your wares or charge a small fee to join a party, you can show off your talents and make a positive impact.  
  • Be a good sport
    Run a marathon. Join a swimathon. Kick a football. Dance your socks off. Or just walk the dog! Raise money while you boost your fitness in your favourite way.
  • Luck out
    From raffles and tombolas to sweepstakes and bingo – nobody can resist the chance of bagging a prize. Donate your ticket sales to the Royal Hospital and everyone’s a winner.

We’ll be on hand to help you every step of the way. We can also provide you with everything you need from Gift Aid and donation forms to ‘how to’ guides and collecting tins.

If you’d like to help fundraise for us, or have any questions, please contact one of the team:

  • Allan McLaren, Head of Fundraising 020 7881 5243 - Email
  • Alex Stewart, Fundraising Officer 020 7881 5284 - Email
  • Catherine Humphries, Fundraising Administrator 020 7881 5516 - Email

Royal Hospital Chelsea - Fundraising Guide

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So what are you waiting for? Good luck and have fun!

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