As a Patron, you will be part of an elite philanthropic group supporting the Royal Hospital’s longer-term ambitions. Patrons play a part in shaping our future direction and gain exclusive access to the military heritage and leadership of our iconic institution.

Our Patrons enjoy privileged access to behind-the-scenes life at the Royal Hospital, with invitations to attend a range of exclusive, bespoke, events each year. Benefits include:

  • VIP tickets to the prestigious Founder’s Day parade and a private reception, attended by key military figures and special guests of the Royal Hospital.
  • Special access to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a reception in the State Apartments, hosted by the Governor, and a private preview of the gardens, in advance of the public opening.
  • An annual Gala Dinner, hosted by the Governor with special guest speakers.
  • Afternoon tea with the Chelsea Pensioners, hosted by the Governor and the Captains who oversee the Pensioners’ welfare.
  • A private lunch in the State Apartments, hosted by the Governor, where you will be one of the first to hear about our future plans and developments.

In addition, Patrons also receive a host of benefits throughout the year:

  • Special access to The Sloane Club – a private members’ club in Chelsea.
  • Home Front – our supporter magazine, packed with fascinating articles about the Royal Hospital, past and present, profiles of Chelsea Pensioners and much more.
  • Invitations to exclusive events – be a part of Royal Hospital life with a range of opportunities including the magical Christmas Carol Concert with reserved seating and Open Days to give you advance insights into developments at the Royal Hospital.
  • Governor’s lectures – priority booking for this programme of monthly talks by diverse speakers on a range of fascinating topics
  • Chelsea Pensioner tours – discover more about our historic site with two annual tours for members and guests, under the guidance of a Chelsea Pensioner.
  • Discounted access to major events – enjoy wonderful local events, such as the Chelsea History festival, at a special price.

Patrons will also have the option to be acknowledged on our website and in our annual reports and to direct the donation element of their membership to a specific area of our work, in discussion with our membership team.

Annual Membership: £5,000

To find our more, or to become a Patron, please call Tricia on 020 7881 5284 or email [email protected]. The team will be happy to organise an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to the Royal Hospital for you.

Making the most of your support

Gift Aid regulations require us to declare the commercial value of the benefits we offer our members. Part of your payment will be treated as a subscription for membership benefits and the remainder treated as a donation to the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Membership Value of benefits ('VATable') Value of donation
Patron £1,450 £3,550

Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer, for every £1 you donate, we can claim 25p in addition from HM Revenue and Customs at no extra cost to you.  If you’re a higher rate taxpayer, you can claim higher rate tax relief through your self-assessment return. Please sign the Gift Aid section of the application form and help us to make the most of your donation.

Read our membership terms and conditions