The Royal Hospital Chelsea and leading estate agents John D Wood & Co. have been working in partnership since 2018.

Making an impact together 

The staff at John D Wood have not only been raising the profile of the Chelsea Pensioners, they have been raising funds for the Royal Hospital in a range of impressive ways.

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Russell Williamson and Sophie Leigh-Bankes completed a mammoth sponsored bike ride raising more than £2,200 between them. Russell cycled 300 miles from Chelsea to Land’s End while Sophie cycled to Paris in only 24 hours.

Sophie Deedes, together with some of her colleagues, enjoyed a day at the show jumping with Chelsea Pensioners at the Longines Global Champions tour.

Staff from across London took part in a 24 hour bike-a-thon alongside Chelsea Pensioners, raising over £3,000 on the day.

The partnership raised a further £2,000 through an exclusive Royal Hospital hosted quiz night in the Chelsea Pensioners Club. The Pensioners proved that the wisdom of advanced years can overcome youth and enthusiasm and narrowly triumphed on the night!

Raising awareness

John D Wood & Co.’s online adverts and e-mail footers to promote our partnership are making more people aware of us as a charity and emphasising that we depend on public support and donations.

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Chelsea Pensioners share recollections of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

The Royal Hospital Chelsea community continues to send our thoughts and condolences to the Royal Family at this difficult time. Many of our Chelsea Pensioners were fortunate enough to meet HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at the Royal Hospital’s Founder’s Day celebrations or through his other official duties.

Infirmary Bombing
Remembering the Soane Infirmary bombing

Today marks 80 years following the bombing of the Royal Hospital’s Infirmary during the Second World War. The magnificent Infirmary, which once stood on the current site of the National Army Museum, was hit by a parachute bomb on 16 April 1941 – destroying most of the building and tragically ending the lives of 13 people.

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