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

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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.

I know all of you are looked after very well. Take extra care . Looking forward to visit you after this nightmare is gone.. put my name to a big party , all my best wishes to all .

I'm thinking of all,you wonderful In Pensioners, especially at this extra ordinary time. I had an amazing friend in David Poultney, a great Welsh singer (aren't they all?!) who was in the famous Chelsea Pensioners choir. I have many happy memories of times sent at the a Royal Hospital. I know you are all being VERY well looked after. Gain strength for knowing you are surrounded by fellow Pensioners & your fabulous staff, from top to bottom! We WILL all get together one day when this "silent enemy" is gone - roll on that day! Boy, will there be some parties---!!!
Sending you all strength, fortitude, & love

Just a quick message from the RSA to say hope you are all well! and to stay safe. We are thinking of you all in this lonely and worrying time.

If you need anything please do let me know and we will see you on the other side.

Take care

Amy Thorpe
RSA Officer

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