A small village in Cornwall, UK, had been fundraising to reopen their chapel, which was looking to be sold off.
While the villagers tried their best to raise almost Dhs500,000 to save it, they came up almost Dhs400,000 short.
That’s when an unlikely benefactor, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai stepped in to save the day, donating the remaining Dhs400,000 needed to save the church.
Why did Sheikh Mohammed help?
The village in question isn’t just any old village. It’s Godolphin Cross, a small town of around 150 homes.
However, the village shares a name with Sheikh Mohammed’s horse-racing company, Godolphin.
The Godolphin Cross Community Association chairman Richard McKie likened the Sheikh’s donation to a “fairy tale”.
“These things don’t normally happen. It’s a fairy tale really. It’s not often a Sheikh steps in to help a Cornish village.
“We can’t thank Sheikh Mohammed enough and we’d love to see him in this neck of the woods any time…
“He would be assured of a very warm welcome.”