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

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Dear Gentlemen of the Royal Hospital Chelsea,

It must be very tedious for you to be be 'locked in'! If it is any comfort we are all on the outside 'locked in' too! I am always delighted on my visits to you to hear about all the places you visit, and you know how pleased we are to see you. To have to stay put must be very different for you and we miss you! But this is only while we vanquish the unseen enemy in our midst, and then it will be summer and everything will be back to normal. Roll on summer and it will be wonderful to see you all again! Just because we can't see you now does not mean we have forgotten you and everything you mean to us!

Jennifer

Thinking of you ....keep strong .... we will get through this nightmare.

So sorry not to be with you now..my list visit was a few weeks ago to see my dear friend Frank |Mouque, who has sadly now passed away. As always, Frank, like you all, was full of wit and wisdom, and very concerned about my well being as I have recently been bereaved. Frank was a friend of my dear husband as well as myself. Like every Pensioner I meet in the Royal Hospital, Frank was someone I could talk to about anything and , on that day, he gave me sound advice. Sal, he said..life is about death, you can't separate the two. keep smiling, cheer up your family and friends, and when you feel down, think of the sacrifice of so many who gave their lives for us all. There is strength in our wonderful community here.. take some away with you and face the future, You can do it.
I would like to thank you all - on that day I certainly did take away strength from you. Now, please have some back from me and all the Friends of the Royal Hospital.! Love to everyone, our Pensioners, and your fabulous carers and staff. You are all my heroes...sally.xx

Dear Chelsea Pensioners

I very much miss coming into the cafe and earwigging your conversations, and would like to know: is Mary is still getting her plate of prawns every day?

So looking forward to seeing you all when this is over

Jessica

Mary was very amused by this comment Jessica! She says she also looks forward to the coffee shop opening again but that in the meantime she is very happy with the lunches on her ward! Thank you for your lovely message. Best wishes, Elly (staff)

Hi there,
Thinking of you guys at the hospital.
My father fought in the Second World War. I have found hundreds of his letters, half of which are hand-written to his father from when he joined the Pioneer Corps in 1939 to his time post war in occupied Germany. It's made for fascinating reading and I've learned things about him even my mother doesn't know. He played the accordion for example, complete surprise.
Here's a snippet which might mean something to you guys. I found it very powerful:About half the trees had been blown right over, the other half was cut and holed by millions of pieces of shrapnel and there are a few trees in the Reichswald (I think he’s being sarcastic). People at home may have wondered why things were going slow. I think it was a miracle that we ever got through that wood at all. And Goch, not even ruins, just rubble and huge craters. I was dumbstruck and must have looked rather stupid.
Then a little girl walked across a room of what was her house. Then she stopped, stooped down, picked up an old cap and hung it on a peg. Then with a tired shrug, she walked out of the house.
When, in years to come and I think back to 1945, I shall always remember that child stooping down amongst the confusion of what was once her home, and pick up that cap. A picture of that child should be in every future home and in every school room.
Powerful stuff Dad!
Looking forward to the time we can pay you a visit again, hopefully not too long to wait.
All the best
David and Jacqui Beaumont

Dear Jacqui and David, Thank you for your communication at this time. The quote from your father's letter gave a rather profound statement of his thoughts and 'confused' feelings at that exact time.
Born in 1939, I did not 'meet' my father until 1949. His only comments were always shrouded in elusive humour and he passed in 1972, leaving me with only a few post-war memories.
During my own early service in B.A.O.R (?), the name (of a village) Goch, was to become a familiar part of a routine for the first 2 years of my military service in West Germany.
Since joining The RHC in 2011, I have thought often, about my father.
I like to think that his experiences might have engendered the same humanitarian thoughts that your own father witnessed and was able to communicate to his father. Thank You, with Best Wishes for the Future,
IP Bill Gorrie (Formerly Staff Sergeant RAOC) Afternote: The 'picture' of that little girl will stay with me.

Cheers all you wonderful comrades . I knew well Charlie Ely , no relative ! We had many a pint in the Club Bar . I look forward to the day when your lovely Scarlett Coats blossom again on the streets of London . Till then , a very corny gag . What do you have if your pet cat has to be isolated ?
Answer ......Purrrrdah !

How I miss you all and the way you brightened the Chelsea Streets. Tesco Express isn't the same without the early morning contingent from the Royal Hospital. I even miss the sight of the parked mobility scooters. I miss your smiles and your cheerful 'Good mornings'. It's lonely without them. But we'll meet again. I know we will. Blessings to you all. Penny

I have had the pleasure and privilege of being a long time supporter of
the Chelsea Pensioners . You are all in my thoughts and prayers during
these anxious and frightening days .; in the past your courage and fortitude have been an inspiration to us all and in this current crisis you will again , where you can , help the wider community . Take great care.

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