Helping the Chelsea Pensioners cope with daily life and stay safe during the coronavirus crisis

It is still unclear how much we will need to spend to keep the Chelsea Pensioners safe during this unprecedented health crisis, but whatever it is, we remain fully committed to doing whatever is necessary. In addition, events that we have relied on to help meet our annual running costs have been cancelled, leading to a substantial loss of income.

The coming days, weeks and months will be crucial for safeguarding Pensioners’ health and wellbeing. With your support we will be able to keep the Pensioners safe, healthy and help them cope with life in isolation. Your help will provide: Support staff, equipment and extra services to give support to Pensioners who are isolated or shielded or spending most of their time in their berths. These include:

  • Additional social and leisure activities to help Pensioners stay active and better cope with life in isolation
  • Tablets and phones so Pensioners can stay in touch with family and friends while isolated
  • Mental Health and Bereavement support for the staff and Pensioners

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International Nurses' Day 2020

12 May is the International Day of the Nurse where people all over the world recognise the important role of nurses in their communities. On this day we also celebrate the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale. Nightingale is credited as being the founder of modern nursing.

Torpedo explosion display on the water at the Royal Military and Naval Exhibition
From exploding torpedoes to stuffed polar bears: The Royal Military and Naval Exhibitions of 1890 and 1891

Today, the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s South Grounds are famous for hosting the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show. However, the tradition of using our grounds for exhibitions began at the end of the 19th century.


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