Puttinu Cares dream of premises in London is a step closer to reality
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Puttinu Cares dream to acquire premises in London has come a step closer to reality, with the launch of an expression of interest for the development of new accommodation units in central London.
This will be partly financed through a €6 million contribution generated by the Individual Investor Programme of Malta for the provision of free accommodation to patients and their relatives travelling to the UK to receive treatment at the Great Ormond Hospital, the Government said in a statement today
It said that, over the last 4 years, Malta’s citizenship by investment applicants opted to help Puttinu through financial contributions that reached a total value of €1 million.
“Added to the €5 million contribution made through the National Development and Social Fund (NDSF), these funds will help Puttinu Cares acquire premises in London to provide more accommodation units so that relatives of patients would be able to stay close to their loved ones and provide their much-needed support,” the Government said.
CEO Rennie Zerafa and Vice-President Angele Cuschieri, explained that Puttinu Cares aims to provide around 30 additional apartments in central London so that 80% of the patients that need to go the UK to receive medical assistance would be able to benefit from free accommodation and ease their minds from logistical issues.
Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms, Citizenship and Simplification of Administrative Processes Julia Farrugia Portelli, was in London to attend the launch of the project which is estimated to cost around €20 million.
Puttinu Cares said that they have shared their plans and invited developers based in the UK to come forward with their proposals.
Submissions must reach Puttinu Cares by the end of October, following which a committee composed of industry experts headed by the same NGO will evaluate all proposals in hand. The selected bid will be announced at the beginning of 2019 with the aim to finalise the project by latest 2020.
The event was also attended by President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, who gave her full support to this noble cause that is so close to the heart of the Maltese community. The new High Commissioner for Malta in the UK Joseph Cole was also present.