Sheikh helps villagers buy chapel in Cornwall – BBC News

Image copyright Google Image caption Villagers want to convert the chapel into a community centre

The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has helped a small Cornish village buy its Methodist chapel.

Residents of Godolphin Cross near Helston emailed him in a desperate attempt to raise funds.

The village shares a name with the world famous Godolphin stables, founded by the sheikh, Cornwall Live reports.

Richard Mckie from the Godolphin Cross Community Association said: “We are extremely appreciative.”

The group needed 90,000 to buy the chapel that they intend to convert into their home communities centre, and had raised 25,000 towards it.

Image caption Sheikh Mohammed named his racing group after the horse Godolphin Arabian

It’s not known how much was contributed by the sheikh, but Mr Mckie said “it has pushed us across the line”.

One villager, Valerie Wallace, had the idea as a last trench attempt, with the group having failed to raise sufficient funds elsewhere.

“We supposed nothing of it and then we began to get phone calls from Dubai, ” Mr Mckie said.

“We thought we were being hoaxed but it was no hoax.”

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