When it opened its doors in 1993, the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital represented a coming together of five separate hospitals, each with their own rich history and charitable tradition.

One of these – the Westminster Hospital – was established in 1719 thanks to the generosity of Mr Henry Hoare, the son of Sir Richard Hoare and Partner in the bank C. Hoare and Co.

Henry, along with three other concerned friends, both donated and raised funds to build an “Infirmary for the Sick and Needy” and, in doing so, established an ethos of charity and social conscience which became part of the fabric of the hospital.

Today, the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust benefits from the generosity of an ever-growing community of benefactors and charitable donors – a group of individuals, families, companies and foundations who share our commitment to supporting our local communities and providing the best possible care for our patients and their families.

To recognise the immense contribution this group continues to make to our hospitals, we have founded ‘The Henry Hoare Circle’ in honour of one of our most important founding patrons. Membership of the Circle is offered to our most generous donors who, as well as providing financial support, set an example for others to follow and embody the charitable ethos that Henry Hoare established for our hospitals over 300 years ago.