Gibraltar International Bank recently made a generous donation of £20,000 to Cancer Relief Gibraltar. How important is it to the bank to be involved with such charitable transactions?
The Gibraltar International Bank was set up as a community bank to offer retail banking products and services locally. As a bank, with its roots firmly established in the local community, we are also very proud to be able to assist local charities which require donations in order to continue to provide services to those in need.
How was the decision made on which charity to choose?
Recently, we have witnessed the generosity by which the people of Gibraltar as a whole have donated monies to charities and in particular to the GHA. On reading the local press a couple of weeks back, the article in relation to Cancer Relief caught my attention insofar that it clearly highlighted the difficulties that the Covid-19 crisis was having on its ongoing funding requirements by way of donations received.
We are also very proud to be able to assist local charities.
I contacted Marisa Desoiza, Trustee and Chairperson of the charity, and she informed me that the charity has been supporting the local community for over 30 years, currently caring for 340 patients and carers in a variety of ways across 14 services that they offer. They act as patients’ advocates, provide clinical symptom control care, carry out regular monitoring and assessment of patients’ conditions, provide vital emotional and psychological support to cancer patients and their loved ones. Most significantly, they provide compassionate patient-centred holistic care, from diagnosis, throughout treatment and right up to and including end of life care or living with and beyond cancer, whichever way a patient’s illness may go.
She informed me that the Covid-19 crisis has increased anxiety and fear levels felt by cancer patients and families. She also mentioned that the Charity requires around £270,000 a year in donations to continue its work. I informed Marisa that I was really impressed by the work being carried out by the charity in relation to this dreadful illness and that the bank was, in some measure, able to contribute to this worthy cause by donating £20,000 to assist the charity with its funding requirements going forward.
If you would like to make a donation to Cancer Relief Gibraltar, visit cancerrelief.gi/get-involved/donate.