Wed, 13 Nov 2019

Bill Henderson MLC and his daughter Sophia, in red coat, are pictured at Great Ormond Street Hospital on Thursday with, from left, Tower Mint director Elliot Dawson and his daughter Olivia, Director of Corporate Partnerships at GOSH Amit Aggarwal, Ian Glen from Westminster Collections and Tower Mint chairman Raphael Maklouf
Bill Henderson MLC and his daughter Sophia, in red coat, are pictured at Great Ormond Street Hospital on Thursday with, from left, Tower Mint director Elliot Dawson and his daughter Olivia, Director of Corporate Partnerships at GOSH Amit Aggarwal, Ian Glen from Westminster Collections and Tower Mint chairman Raphael Maklouf

Manx coins featuring characters and quotes from Peter Pan have helped to raise £250,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Treasury Member with responsibility for currency Bill Henderson MLC and representatives from Isle of Man Government currency partners Westminster Collection and Tower Mint visited London on Thursday 7th November to present a cheque.

The coins came into general circulation on-Island in early July, with a proportion of the value of each coin sold being donated to GOSH.

They were launched by patient Olivia Dawson, who has a rare genetic disorder called Williams Syndrome, and Treasury Member Ralph Peake MHK in June to mark the 90th anniversary of JM Barrie gifting the rights to his much-loved story to GOSH.

Mr Henderson said: ‘It’s been a privilege to present this cheque today and pay tribute to the magnificent work which takes place here at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

‘The story of Peter Pan is an enduring classic, remaining popular across the generations, and it was regarded as an honour when the Isle of Man was asked to be the country of issue for these exceptional coins.’

Available to buy from Manx National Heritage, Tynwald Library, the Isle of Man Post Office and other local retailers, the collection is made up of six coins, each featuring a well-known character and quote from the book.

They were minted in various metals by Tower Mint, and sets are also available in colour from www.westminstercollection.com

 


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