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.

Please note that all comments submitted will need to be approved, so will not appear immediately.


As Korean Liaison Officer for the Korean British War Veterans(UK) may I send our best wishes to all that survived Covid-19 and our condolences to the families and friends of those who have sadly gone to that great parade ground in the sky. May they all rest in peace !

Thank you so much to all of the staff at RHC for taking such great care of our Chelsea Pensioners one of whom is my father James Anderson. It's amazing that even during these testing times they are receiving the best of care and all of their needs are being met. Thank you all and keep up the good work!

To all those at the RHC,
I wish to express my respect for your resilience and determination to push through this uncertain period. None of us find these circumstances easy however, In the superior challenges that you face, you are the impersonation of our nation’s resilience in the face of adversity. On behalf of the RGS Combined Cadet Force, thank you for the fine example that you set for us. We wish you all the best and our thoughts are with you throughout this time.
Yours faithfully,
Cdt CPO Cox
RN section - RGS CCF

During the summer last year I visited the cafe at the hospital after a talk at the Army museum and met a wonderful gentleman, Zolph, who told me all about the hospital and showed me the museum. I do hope he keeping well and safe, along with all the other residents.
Best wishes to everyone.

Mick and I would like say hello and send our best wishes to all the pensioners at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in particular Ted Heath and all other Queens men. We are very sad that Ted and friends cannot visit our beautiful seaside village to celebrate VE75 with us as we were planning. However once we return to some form of normality and people are able to travel we will arrange for the visit to take place albeit a bit later than planned, perhaps we can arrange a VE75+1 weekend for you to come and celebrate with us. Stay safe all love Mick and Lynn.
Steady the Buffs

Hi, my name is Rebekah, and I’m a Royal Navy cadet at Reigate Grammar School. We all know that these times are strange and difficult, but we at RGS would like to wish you all our support and love.
All the best,
Rebekah Bongers

To all those at the Royal Hospital. You are very much in our thoughts in these challenging times and know you will remain positive within your special community and have our ongoing support - although from a distance - via the Governor's Circle. You remain a constant example to us all and we thank all in-pensioners for the service given to our country in the past and long may you continue to do so as exemplary ambassadors. We wish you a safe and healthy time during this unique lockdown. We hope to resume our trips to RHC in the not too distant future. Regards to you all. Stuart and Monique Woodrow


This "youngish" Ex Gunner is missing the banter that one enjoys after an event at the Royal Hospital especially the annual Gunner Sunday.

That said once a Gunner always a Gunner and my sincere thanks for all the most enjoyable times that have been afforded to me in the company of gentlemen such as you.

My sixteen years living and working in the GCC, mainly in Bahrain, afforded me the chance to meet a number of Ambassadors from the Royal Hospital for the annual Remembrance Day visits that were hosted by the Bahrain British Business Forum (BBBF). Some great memories of some great times enjoyed by one and all.

So if there are any Gentlemen who participated in any of these visits during the period 2002-2015 please feel free to contact me to share your memories.

My very best wishes,

Tony Palys

Mr. George Phipps - The Colonel of The Yorkshire Regiment and All Ranks send their congratulations and best wishes on your Birthday.

Dear Mr. Crisp, I spoke to you earlier today - so pleased this worked in the end! We will make sure George sees your lovely message today. Best wishes, Elly @ RHC


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