Grants from Charitable Trusts and Foundations

We depend on grants from charitable trusts and foundations to provide the outstanding care we provide to the Chelsea Pensioners. Their support is critical to our future, ensuring that the Royal Hospital can continue its historic role as home to our Nation’s veterans.

Support from grant-giving bodies enabled us to build the Margaret Thatcher Infirmary, plant new allotments to boost the wellbeing of our veterans and has contributed to the restoration of our important Grade I listed buildings. With further support we can continue to improve our care and facilities, carry out vital maintenance and meet our running costs, so the Chelsea Pensioners enjoy the best quality of life and this iconic institution can look forward to a bright future.

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For more information on the Royal Hospital Chelsea and how charitable trusts and foundations can play a part in its work today and in years to come, please call Allan McLaren on 020 7881 5243 or email allan.mclaren@chelsea-pensioners.org.uk.

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Grinling Gibbons statue of Charles II
The story behind the statue

On 3 August 2021 it will be 300 years since Grinling Gibbons’ death. Gibbons is celebrated as arguably the greatest decorative wood carver in British history. However, at the Royal Hospital we know him as the artist responsible for the striking gilded statue of our founder that stands in Figure Court – named in its honour. 

HRH Duke of Gloucester meeting Pensioner Tony Judge
Hope and happiness as Chelsea Pensioners celebrate the return of Founder’s Day

Founder’s Day is the highlight of the Royal Hospital’s calendar. Ever since 1692, it has been held on or close to 29 May – the birth of King Charles II and the date of his restoration to the throne. 

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