This International Day of Charity we’re celebrating fundraisers

3rd September 2020

To mark the International Day of Charity on 5 September we would like to highlight just how important and valued fundraisers are to the Royal Hospital. We are so grateful to all the kind people who have devoted their time, effort and talent to help us. It’s good to know that they also benefit – feedback from these dedicated individuals tells us that they enjoy using their skills and interests to help a good cause.

Could you volunteer your time to help us?

During these challenging times, fundraisers are more important to us than ever. The events we depend on to deliver exceptional care to our Pensioners and to maintain our historic site have been cancelled and we’re facing a huge shortfall in funding. Nevertheless, we are committed to maintaining the exceptional standard of care that our Chelsea Pensioners enjoy and deserve. Could you join our fundraising family and help us to honour that commitment? 

Whether you go it alone, or fundraise with friends, family, neighbours or colleagues, we’d welcome your contribution – however big or small – and will be delighted to support you.  Read on for some ideas to get you started.

Photo of young woman holding tray of cupcakes decorated with Chelsea Pensioner shield

Cook up a storm

Whether you’re a domestic goddess or an aspiring chef, use your culinary talents to help the Chelsea Pensioners. Host a bake sale, a ‘Come Dine with Me’ dinner party or a pot-luck supper and give people’s tastebuds a treat while you raise much-needed funds. Keen baker Alice McClaren used her skills to rustle up these tasty themed Chelsea Pensioner cakes to raise funds for the Royal Hospital.

Get creative

Calling all potters, painters, crafters, knitters and sewers! Your creative talents could help us provide veterans with the outstanding care we pride ourselves on.

Music that means more

Whether you’re a singer, guitarist or pianist you could use your talents to raise money for the Royal Hospital. Why not put on a concert, busk, or organise a sponsored sing to help the Chelsea Pensioners?

Community fundraiser Joanne Whittle raises money through a virtual marathon

Fit for fundraising

Boost your health and fitness by taking part in a sporting challenge. Whether you run, cycle, swim or simply walk the dog, you can make a difference to the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Pensioner Tony Hunt

Tony Hunt, Chelsea Pensioner and veteran of 42 marathons offered some insight to people thinking of getting involved:

Taking part in a challenge is a great buzz and you could help protect the Royal Hospital for future generations of Pensioners too. It was here in 1692 and you can help make sure it’s here in 2092.

Fun with friends

If you’re a sociable type, why not host a quiz night or movie evening in person or on Zoom? Or organise a themed party or fancy dress event.

Chelsea Pensioner Monica Parrott


The Royal Hospital needs all the support it can muster to ensure all veterans receive the comfort and care they deserve in their old age and it’s lovely that people choose to support us. They put all their energy into it. They may not be related to anyone here, but they’re still part of the Royal Hospital family because they’re supporting the veterans who are here.


To find out more, or get support and advice, contact our friendly fundraising team:

Call 020 7881 5284 or email

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