Chelsea pensioners name sweet pea

Scarlet Tunic to raise cash for the Royal Hospital Chelsea

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Chelsea pensioners at Mr Fothergill’s trial ground

Chelsea Pensioners have named a blend of sweet peas Scarlet Tunic at Mr Fothergill’s trial ground in Kentford, Suffolk.

The flowers, in shades of red, will raise funds for the Royal Hospital Chelsea. The name was chosen after a ballot of residents and a public online vote.

Mr Fothergill’s will donate 25p to the Royal Hospital Chelsea for every £2.19 packet of 20 seeds sold, which will be on sale at garden centres and other retailers this autumn.

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How sweet pea Scarlet Tunic will appear in retailers

More than £50,000 has already been raised for the Royal Hospital Chelsea through sales in 2015 and 2016 of the poppy Victoria Cross and Mr Fothergill’s was recently granted Corporate Patron status by the hospital.

Mr Fothergill’s joint-managing director David Carey said: “Our continued commitment to the Royal Hospital Chelsea is testament to the generosity and loyalty of our garden centres stockists and their customers, of whom we are proud.

“Their support provides tangible benefits to the men and women who have served our country.”

The Royal Hospital Chelsea was established in 1682 by Charles II to provide a safe home for military veterans ‘broken by age or war’. The Christopher Wren-designed Royal Hospital admitted its first pensioners in 1692.

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