General News


The Governors of the Hospital of Sir John Hawkins, Knight, in Chatham have a first-floor flat with a stairlift, available for occupancy by a couple who meet the qualifications of the charity.  The flat comprises two bedrooms with a sitting room; kitchen and shower room/WC.

Under an amendment to the Foundation Charter, the Hospital can provide for needy or disabled people (well enough to look after themselves – there are no carers or matrons on site) who have served in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, the WRNS, Queen Alexandra’s RN Nursing Service, the Army, the RAF, or who have served and been mobilised for active service in any of the Reserve Forces, or the RFA or the Merchant Navy, or who have been employed in the construction, maintenance, repair and re-fitting of ships in the Royal Dockyards.

The Maintenance Contribution for this flat, which is means-tested, will include the water rate but not Council Tax or other utilities.

An application form is available to download under ‘Apply’, together with some helpful notes.  For further information please email or ring 07771 530951


Heritage Open Weekends 2018

We are once again participating in England’s largest heritage festival which takes place over two weekends this year.  The boardroom and garden at the hospital will be open on Saturday and Sunday 8th and 9th and 15th and 16th September from 11am to 4pm.  We invite visitors to see the boardroom that contains artefacts relating to Sir John Hawkins and to enjoy tea in the garden if the weather is kind.  We look forward to welcoming everyone.

Launch of the new stairlift

At the rear of the Hospital is a delightful small garden fronting the river’s edge. However with access via a flight of steep steps, it has been difficult for some residents to access and enjoy the garden.  Thanks to the very generous support from Trinity House and Greenwich Hospital we have been able to install a stairlift.  Our longest serving governor, Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, kindly agreed to cut the ribbon and launch the new stairlift on 13 June 2018.

Thank you to our donors

As the year draws to a close, the Governors of Sir John Hawkins Hospital would like to thank those organisations that have made very generous donations to us over the past year: The Patron’s Fund; Mr Nick Wood; the Medway Mission to Seamen Trust and the Chatham Naval Officers Association.

Their generosity has enabled us to buy several items of garden furniture for our residents to enjoy in the summer months; install a stairlift in one of the flats to help a disabled resident and to upgrade the Telecare emergency call equipment for each resident.

December 2017

Heritage Open Weekend

We were delighted to welcome so many visitors to the almshouse and the boardroom over the Heritage Weekend. Despite the slightly unkind weather, visitors were also able to stroll around our delightful little garden and enjoy a delicious cream tea. Several visitors were returnees who had appreciated our hospitality last year and we hope to welcome many more visitors at next year’s event on 15th and 16th September 2018.  Many thanks to everyone who participated in the event this year.

September 2017

Award from The Patron’s Fund

Following the successful Patron’s Fund lunch in The Mall last summer to celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen, all eligible charitable organisations were invited to apply for a gift from the fund.  The criteria for the gift was to provide something of benefit for the beneficiaries of the organisation and we are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a sum of £2,500 from the fund to use for the benefit of our residents.

The Fund has been shared equally between almost 300 successful applicants. Thanks to the generous donations from individual donors and the proceeds from The Patron’s Lunch event on the Mall, the Fund has been able to support many organisations for which Her Majesty, The Queen acts as a Patron. Sir Stuart Etherington, Chair of The Board of Trustees for The Patron’s Fund, said:

‘The Patron’s Fund is very pleased to be able to support The Hospital of Sir John Hawkins with its valuable work. The almshouse is among hundreds of organisations for which The Queen acts as a Patron, which between them make a difference to causes and communities in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth”.

The generous gift will be used to purchase some comfortable garden furniture which will benefit all our residents and enable them to socialise and enjoy our delightful garden in the warmer weather.

31 January 2017