In this time of isolation the Chelsea Pensioners need your support more than ever.

If you would like to write to a Chelsea Pensioner, please use the comment form below to send your messages of support. We will be sharing these with Pensioners on a daily basis, and giving them an opportunity to respond directly.

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Wonderful news that my dad Jimmy Anderson's nurse Tracey is returning to work. If anyone reading this could pass on our best wishes from his daughters Nadine and Vikki and also our gratitude for the fantastic care she gives to our dad and all her other patients it would be much appreciated.

I would like to say that I am thinking of you all at this time with the Covid 19 virus. I hope that you had a fantastic day for the 75th anniversary of VE Day on May 8th. I would like to be pen pals with anyone I am a housemaid at Buckingham Palace. I have a friend / co worker who sometimes visits RHC his name is Alex Garty. Thank you to all again and condolences to the recent passings RIP x

Hi to Peter Gould
We had a lovely VE Day get together on Meadway
Mary and Elaine made cakes
We was thinking about you
Lovely to have seen you last year at Remembrance parade
Thinking of you, fondly as always x
Linda and John, Jayne and Paul also say hi
Stay safe xx

Dear Chelsea Pensioners,

My name is Isaac. I am 7 years old. I like cars and trucks . During this time I am still going to school as my parents are both Key Workers. School is very different for me as I am in the same classroom as my 9 year old sister who is normally in Year 4. I quite like having my sister in the same class and me.

These are very different times for us all. How are you doing?

I would like to have a pen-pal to write to. Would you like to be my pen pal? Please email me to my mum's address and I would love to hear from you.

Thank you for all that you have done for our county.

Keep working together and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Many thanks,

Dear, the Chelsea Pensioner's,

Thank you for doing what you have done for us.

I know it is lonely around Chelsea. I want to become a pen-pal with someone. My name is Ellamaya I am 9 years old . I live in Andover Hampshire. I like going to London to visit my Grandmother , pets , sports , art, history and a lot more . What do you like ? I would love to hear from someone. Please email me at my mum's address [removed].

Just remember STAY SAFE, STAY HOME.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Many thanks,

Although I live in Staffordshire my wife and I come to your Sunday Mattins when we visit my wife’s mother who lives near to The Royal Hospital. As occasional members of your congregation we recently received a very heartening letter from your chaplain, which lifted our spirits. May all your spirits remain high despite the pestilence that we are going through. We send our sincere sympathy to you all for your loss of those pensioners who have died .and our thoughts and prayers for the health of you all. With very best wishes, Simon Tonking

For your Pensioner Robert 'Bob" LEECE. I recently learned that your were at Chelsea and enjoying a great retirement. In case you're wondering - I joined Liverpool Police 1962 and was posted to C Divsion (Essex Street) where you were one of the Inspectors.I remained there until 1966 when I was transferred to the Vice Squad - nd you came there as an Inspector shortly after. After I left the Vice Squad, I lost touch with you. I resigned from Liverpool Police 1971 and emigrated to Australia where I am still. I was with the Queensland Police from 1971 to 1993 when I retired. I now live south of Brisbane. I always have very fond memories of you, Bob - a real straight shooter but full of empathy to us younger recruits. I am pleased you're enjoying a long deserved retirement. I wish you well, especially with this dreadful Coronavirus around. Stay safe, Kindest regards, Teg Roberts, ex Con. 158'C'.

Sending best wishes to The Governor and his good Lady the Chelsea Pensioners and all the staff at the Royal Hospital. We hope that you have enjoyed the VE Day celebrations. As Sark prepares for the 75th Anniversary of our Liberation Day we are very sad that our invited guests can not be with us but here is a reminder of your visit in 2017. We look forward to seeing you next year. Stay safe and well. RBL Sark Branch

My thoughts are very much with all you splendid people today on VE day. I miss coming to Chelsea Hospital very much and I do hope you are all managing to stay well and that morale is high. We look forward to the day when we can all raise the roof in the Chapel again with loud and joyful singing and see you all out and about again. With very best wishes to you all. Sarah Francis

Dear All - am thinking of you all - heroic men and women who have served our wonderful country - over the years.
Today a very special day - VE Day - 8 May 2020.
With love to everyone. Lucinda.


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