Collection for the Chelsea Pensioners stolen

9th November 2018

The Chelsea Pensioners were devastated to hear that last night, corporate partners John D Wood & Co. had their Lower Sloane Street branch broken into and the contents of the collection bucket were stolen.

The charity collection from staff and clients was in support of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, home of the Chelsea Pensioners. It is thought that in excess of seven hundred pounds was taken. 

Russell Williamson from John D Wood & Co. in Sloane Square said: “We are extremely saddened that the money we raised for the Royal Hospital, Chelsea will now not be of benefit to this worthy cause. It is particularly poignant at this time of year, during our national period of Remembrance, when the Chelsea Pensioners have been out in force supporting both local and national remembrance events and appeals.”

John Wood & Co. have been working hard to raise funds for the Chelsea Pensioners and had received many additional donations during the national period of Remembrance. The company’s fundraising efforts have been instrumental to ensure that the Pensioners are able to carry out their current ceremonial duties and safeguard the Royal Hospital for the care of future veterans.

The Royal Hospital was the final home for many soldiers who bravely fought in World War One and on breaking this news to the Pensioners they expressed their disappointment. Chelsea Pensioner Gordon Sanders said: “I think it’s disgusting that their office was broken into and that money has been taken from the charity. The Pensioner community feels let down and I am sure all of those who gave so generously will be disappointed that the monies raised are now lost.”

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