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Calpe House encouraged by response to ‘Needs Your Help” campaign

The Calpe House Charitable Trust has been hugely touched by the fantastic response to the new “Calpe House Needs Your Help” campaign which was launched at the end of last year. The campaign was launched locally on the charities flag day on 18 December to raise funds towards the refurbishment costs of the Grade II listed buildings which have been purchased at Norfolk Square in London and which house the new Calpe House.

Works on the news buildings bean on Monday 11 of this month confirmed Albert Poggio yesterday. In the first few weeks since its launch the Trust has received very kind offers of support, including businesses offering fundraising initiatives of their own.

In a press statement the Trust said guest speakers had underlined the importance of Calpe House, which has provided accommodation for patients in London on over 5000 visits to the UK over the years.

Once refurbished the properties will provide 38 ensuite rooms and improved facilities, including a large common room, which it is hoped, will provide a much needed focal point for patients and families to socialise.

Mr Poggio emphasised the invaluable support which has been offered throughout this project by the Chief Minister and his Government, who said he wholeheartedly supported the Trustees of The Calpe House Charitable Trust and asked the community to ‘dig deep’, just as they had when the original Calpe House was proposed 30 years ago.

Minister Joe Bossano, who has supported the Calpe House concept since inception, also spoke and expressed his support for the new campaign.

The statement said the Trust was also grateful to Daniel Feetham who has pledged one month’s parliamentary salary to the appeal.

“Minister for Health, Dr John Cortes, highlighted the fact that even while the GHA hopes to be able to provide more and more courses of treatment in Gibraltar for patients, advances in medicine are such that there will always be a need for accommodation in London,” said Mr Poggio who further emphasised the Trust was hoping the people of Gibraltar would pull together and dig deep so that they can ensure the property is available to all those who require a ‘Home from Home’ in London in their time of need.

“If anyone has any ideas for events they would like to see in Gibraltar or fundraising initiatives, they are encouraged to send these in for consideration. For individuals wishing to make a lasting contribution, the Trust are inviting them to set up a monthly payment, which will provide the Trust not only with immediate funding for the refurbishment, but also a long term budget to aid them in planning for the future.”

You can visit the website www.calpehouse.org and click the donate button, where there is an option to select a monthly payment of your choice.