Royal Star and Garter Home
The Royal Star & Garter provides a home for disabled ex-Service men and women. It has had a long and rich history since it was established by Queen Mary and the British Red Cross in 1916 to provide care for disabled sailors and soldiers. Both men and women who have served in the regular, National Service or reserve forces for any length of time, irrespective of rank, may apply for a place. It does not matter how the disability was caused. No distinction is made between those injured on active service and those disabled by accident or illness in civilian life; the same high quality of care is given to all. The Home is a registered Nursing & Residential home and is regularly inspected to ensure it conforms with all current regulations and standards.
It was Queen Mary who first expressed concern for the future of these young men, and Her Majesty charged the British Red Cross Society with the task of finding a "permanent haven" for them. At this time, the old Star & Garter Hotel on Richmond Hill was up for sale and had fallen into a state of dilapidation. The Auctioneers and Estate Agents Institute raised the funds to purchase it and the deeds were handed to Queen Mary who, in turn, entrusted the building to the British Red Cross. The British Red Cross Society appointed an independent Board of Governors to run the "Star and Garter" as it became and Queen Mary became the first Patron.
The Charity has continued to benefit from its royal links and has operated within this same magnificent building on top of Richmond Hill since that time.
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