Rotary Watches in association with Chelsea FC captain Gary Cahill are supporting the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the home of the Chelsea Pensioners, by donating ten Rotary watches to be auctioned off to raise vital funds for the charity.

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is a retirement home and nursing home for former members of the British Army located in Chelsea, London and is home to some 300 retired British soldiers, male and female!

Gary Cahill, captain of Chelsea Football Club, presented the Chelsea Pensioners with a donation of ten Rotary watches in recognition of the charity’s 326 years’ offering accommodation, comradeship and the highest standards of care to our ex-service men and women. The Pensioners thoroughly enjoyed hosting Gary for the morning’s festivities and he was kind enough to stop to chat and take pictures with everyone who asked.

Gary and the Rotary team received a guided tour of the stunning grade I and grade II listed building where the Chelsea Pensioners live, from Chelsea Pensioners, Steve Lovelock, Jo Shortall and Tony Hunter. This was then followed by a formal presentation of 10 Rotary watches (from our Ultra Slim and Windsor ranges) in the iconic Figure Court.

Gary Cahill said of the day: “It was an honour to meet the Chelsea Pensioners and to be shown their beautiful home. There was great banter all round and I enjoyed talking to the veterans about their Army experiences and of course, their love of football! I have deep respect for those who sacrifice so much for our country and I’m glad that I, along with Rotary watches, can support these well-deserving veterans.”

The Rotary team were struck by the incredible energy of both the pensioners and Gary, who embody the spirit and values of the Royal Hospital: decency, integrity, commitment, comradeship and standards.