The Royal Hospital Chelsea has launched the Scarlets Appeal, in order to help raise money to fund a new lighter Scarlet coat for the Chelsea Pensioners. Watch the film and read below for more details.

You can contribute to the special appeal by texting "SCARLET" to 70660 to give £5 or Donate online here.

During the hot summer months, our iconic veterans have struggled with their current heavy uniforms. They are often prevented from carrying out the duties that they love due to risk of over-exhaustion.   

Given that the Pensioners in our care range in age from 67 to 100, and lead very active lives representing the Royal Hospital at charity and ceremonial events, we are sure you’ll agree that these new coats are much needed by our veteran community.

By using an ‘intelligent’, breathable modern fabric, our new coat will still have the same iconic design but will be  much more comfortable for Chelsea Pensioners to wear on the parade ground and when attending events both here and abroad.  

We are an independent charity funded in part by a grant from the government, but each year we need to raise a shortfall in funding to deliver everything needed to offer a home and the highest standards of care for the Chelsea Pensioners.

Your support is instrumental in providing a comfortable, welcoming home for the Chelsea Pensioners, and in safeguarding this important heritage for the veterans of tomorrow.

Text "SCARLET" to 70660 to give £5 or Donate online.

Any donations received after the £300,000 Scarlets Appeal target has been reached, will help fund other health and wellbeing priorities that benefit the Chelsea Pensioners.

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