introducing fundraising lottery
draws 4 x a year
1st March, June, September, December
3 Prizes each draw
3 prizes of 15%, 10%, 5% of each quarter takings - payable within 14 days
£1 per entry
Purchase as many entries each month as you like. Contact 01926 491422 for details on how to become a member
The Lord Leycester Hospital is a registered Charity No: 216831. It is 100% funded by donations, grants, ticket sales and room hire for weddings and events. Donations are very much appreciated and go directly to maintaining our medieval buildings and heritage and supporting our charitable mandate of providing alms houses to wounded or aged warriors. We are also looking for specific funding on the following projects:
current funding projects:
More alms-houses for wounded warriors
GOAL £30,000 PER FLAT
For 450 years our charity has been providing homes for wounded and needy soldiers. Over the past four and a half centuries we estimate we have provided over 500 wounded and needy brave men a place of sanctuary and peace. Our Elizabethan charter from 1571 says we must give a free home to local midlands soldiers who have fallen on hard times whether wounded in battle or down on their luck! These special guest are called the Brethren. We would like to give those wounded in modern battles a chance to take us up on our centuries old charity. But we can't do this until we upgrade our flats. In August 2017 we were given a grant from the Grocers to upgrade a flat for a wonderful 28 year old hero wounded in Helmand, Afghanistan. He lives with us now and we are honoured to have him as part of our Brethren community! We would like to have his comrades join us too by renovating and upgrading our current 12 flats, but we need funding to create better spaces for them to live here with their brothers in arms. We have already received generous funding from Warwick Private Hospital Trust and Warwick Relief in Need towards this worthy goal! But we could do with a lot more help...
An exhibit of 700 hundred years of history
Tucked away in the nooks and crannies of the Lord Leycester are artefacts that span five hundred years of history. We would like to put them on display. Properly displayed they will tell the story of centuries of lives that have been lived within the Lord Leycester in an unbroken span from Medieval to present day: The table Thomas Oken sat around with Guildsmen of Warwick; Robert Dudley's will; his first wife's Amy Robsart's embroidery from the 16th century; the chair King James 1 sat in for the banquet in his honour in the Great Hall; a 16th century ink well; Oscar Wilde's signature in our Guest book; a breast plate and helmet left by a former Brother who had fought at Waterloo; medals from Brothers who had fought in Crimea; William Morris tapestries; and Tudor silver bears given to the Brothers by Elizabeth 1, are just a few of the artefacts we would like to reveal to the world. Woven together these valuable pieces can tell the story of centuries of philanthropic life at the Lord Leycester. But we need the funding and expertise to ensure it is historically accurate, faithfully interpreted and accessible to the public.
replanting in the 500 year old Garden
We have reached our target of £11,000 to build an Edwardian Greenhouse in our beautiful 500 year old garden. Now we would like to complete our project by stocking the Greenhouse and gardens with Tudor plants. A fun, interesting garden that shows how Tudors grew produce in their allotments and cooked the food in our 500 year old kitchen will interest our visitors - and hopefully they will recommend us to others - and our footfall will go up and so will our ability to provide charity to the noble and wounded servicemen who live with us.
King JaMes I - "Reveal the Seal"
The Great Hall of the Lord Leycester has been used for seven centuries by Warwick towns folk and their guests as a place of entertaining and socializing. But it is in a poor state of repair and we want to restore it! We want the Great Hall to go on being a central hub and a place to hold special events and celebrations.
In 1617 King James I visited Warwick at the invitation of Sir Fulke Greville who was living at Warwick Castle and to meet the townspeople they decided to hold a banquet in the Lord Leycester Hospital's Great Hall. After this momentous event the Great Hall became known as the King James Hall. It took the people of Warwick ten years to pay for the Kings banquet. Sir Fulke Greville had a plaque of the occasion made and put on the wall for the event. Today that plaque, or seal, has been covered up by a false wall. We want to "Reveal the Seal" so it is on display for all to see. We held a magnificent Charity Banquet in true King James style on November 3, 2017 in the Great Hall at the Lord Leycester to raise funds and in February 2018 the Beer Festival, organised and hosted by Court Leet, raised more funds for our project. We thank Court Leet so much! See Events Page for more information.
Our Capital Campaign - LLH450
In June 2018 we launched a Capital Campaign to raise funds to conserve and protect the Lord Leycester into the future. If you are interested in what we are doing, what specifically we are raising funds for then please stay tuned to this space for more updates.