Pobjoy Mint welcomed Mr Albert Poggio OBE GMH to the Mint on Tuesday 5th March 2019. Mr Poggio of the Gibraltar National Mint and Chairman of the Board of Calpe House, a facility in London for sponsored patients sent from Gibraltar for medical treatment, was able to witness the production of Gibraltar Circulating Coins commemorating the opening of the new facility in Norfolk Square, London which opened in July last year.
It can be very daunting for a Gibraltar patient to be referred to a London hospital. Patients find themselves away from home with fairly serious and often life threatening illnesses without family and friends to support them. Calpe House provides a warm, friendly and permanent facility where patients can stay during their treatment with fellow Gibraltarians experiencing similar circumstances providing comfort and support – ‘a home from home’.
Calpe House has helped over 5,000 Gibraltar Health Authority sponsored patients over the last 28 years and when the original property became too small to accommodate demand, the Charity purchased three Grade II listed buildings in Norfolk Square, London. The buildings needed to be extensively refurbished and therefore funds were raised by charitable donations, the campaign for which was led by Mr Poggio and his board.
The Circulating coins being produced for Gibraltar commemorate the opening of the New Calpe House on 6th July 2018 and feature the official logo of Calpe House.
More information about the coins struck on behalf of Gibraltar can be found on the Pobjoy Mint website.
The Gibraltar National Mint website also offers additional information on their coin program.
The Calpe House Trust Facebook page provides details about the day-to-day workings at Calpe House.
This GBC News video tells you more about the opening of “Gibraltar’s new home away from home”.