Ordinarily, Chelsea Pensioners get involved with a host of remembrance events across the UK and overseas. The Remembrance period is one of the busiest times of the year for the Royal Hospital, with the Chelsea Pensioners usually travelling all over the world, as well as volunteering to help raise funds for the Royal British Legion, by selling poppies, in remembrance of their fallen comrades. Sadly once again this year will be very different due to the ongoing pandemic and so commemorations will be scaled back.

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Brompton Cemetery Seed Sowing
Sowing wildflowers in memory of past Chelsea Pensioners

On 6 May, Chelsea Pensioners and members of the Royal Hospital’s grounds team joined representatives from the Royal Parks, the Royal Parks Guild and the Friends of Brompton Cemetery to sow a patch of wildflower seeds in Brompton Cemetery as part of the Battlefields and Butterflies initiative.

Chelsea Pensioner Centenarians
100 years old and still going strong

Recent research backs up the anecdote that Chelsea Pensioners not only live considerably longer than their peers outside (by over five years, on average), but that their lifetimes once they come to the Royal Hospital are extending, year on year. This strongly suggests that the care and community here contribute to greater longevity – as well as improving quality of life. 

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