Royal Chelsea Hospital – Admission Applications

The story of the Royal Chelsea Hospital began over 300 years ago, in the reign of King Charles II. Aware that the Army was supporting a growing number of soldiers who were no longer fit for active service, or who were desolate on the streets of London, the King committed to the creation of a welcoming and safe home for veterans who had faught for the country and who were “broken by age of war”. This ethos and tradition continues and the Royal Hospital Chelsea today supports up to 310 aolder Army veterans who are in need and who meet the eligibility criteria.

Today the Royal Hospital offers independant living in a sheltered housing environment intended for those who, upon admission, are self caring and able to live independently with extra support where required but without the need for nursing care. They do offer nursing care but the Royal Hospital cannot accept direct entries to the nursing wards as space is limited.

They accept applications from former soldiers, non commissioned officers and late entry officers of the British Army, who have reached state pension age and who fit the eligibility criteria as laid down by the Board of Commissioners.

If you would like to apply to become a Chelsea Pensioner, please click the link below.

‘Members only’ area of website

Only members of SAMA82 can access the ‘Members only area’

This area contains links to events calendar, AGM, Remembrance Services plus the old members forums.

Please sign up and answer the set questions so the administrators can validate you.

If you have forgotten your membership number please contact the office at

Falkland Island Benches

The Association has been invited to supply two benches to be located along the water front at Stanley.

Trustees have discussed the invitation and believe that the best way to enable the supply of these benches is to ask for donations from pilgrims both past and future.  The donations will defray the cost of supply and shipping (estimated at £1500) of these durable benches.  A fitting description will be attached.

To mark the source, a list of donors will be kept and will be recorded on a scroll to be kept on the wall in the office. Anonymous donations are welcome; please indicate if you wish your donation to be anonymous.

The supply of these benches and their seaward looking location is a fitting and symbolic way to reciprocate the hospitality and generosity of the people of the Falkland Island in looking after our visiting veterans.  Donations are welcome from members, beneficiaries and supporters of the South Atlantic Medal Association 1982.

You may donate by cheque or bank transfer. 

Please make cheques out to SAMA82 and indicate “FIBenches”. 

Send cheques to the South Atlantic Medal Association 1982, Unit 25 Torfaen Business Centre, Panteg Way, New Inn, Pontypool, Gwent, NP4 0LS,  

For bank transfer use

sort code: 40-34-10

account no.:  81118358

and please use the reference “FIBenches”

Any surplus of funds will be placed in the memorial maintenance fund and used to maintain the benches and the SAMA memorial.