Will you help us care for the Chelsea Pensioners who loyally served our nation?

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is the historic home of the iconic Chelsea Pensioners. As an independent charity, we rely on the generosity of kind-hearted supporters to help us provide the exceptional quality of care the nation's veterans deserve.

Whether you are an individual, a community group, school or business, there are countless ways you can make a difference to the Chelsea Pensioners and their historic home. Explore these pages for inspiration or get in touch with the Fundraising Office who will be happy to help.

Email the team at appeal@chelsea-pensioners.org.uk or call 020 7881 5516.

  • Allan McLaren, Head of Fundraising 020 7881 5243 - Email
  • Alex Stewart, Fundraising Officer 020 7881 5284 - Email
  • Catherine Humphries, Fundraising Administrator 020 7881 5516 - Email

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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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Highwaymen, Jacobites and the Chelsea Patrol

From delivering post, to guiding visitors around our historic site, the Chelsea Pensioners can choose to take on a number of different jobs while living at the Royal Hospital. One of the more unusual roles previously adopted by Pensioners was as a member of the Chelsea Patrol; a London garrison stationed between the Royal Hospital and St James’ Palace to deter against criminal activity and protect the city against the growing threat posed by the Jacobite movement.

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