On behalf of the Kingston Charity Trust, which owns charity housing at Kingston College in Mitchelstown, County Cork, and has been providing residences for people in need since 1761, the Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, Dr Paul Colton, has announced today that the appeal has recently received a significant boost to the fund-raising efforts to restore and renovate some of the houses to accommodate Ukrainian refugees.
The trust has received a donation of €200,000 from The One Foundation.
Commenting on the magnificent support received from The One Foundation, the Bishop of Cork, Dr Paul Colton, who is chairman of the trustees, said:
We are immensely grateful for this hugely generous donation from The One Foundation which arrived in response to newspaper reports about our hope to restore these houses at Kingston College in Mitchelstown, County Cork. Although 23 of the houses are happily occupied, our charity did not have the funds to restore eight vacant houses in recent years and now, thanks to this generosity, as well as the generosity and voluntary efforts of countless others, we will be in a position to press on with the work.
Every Euro of this will be needed, and more, as, when we began to examine the condition of the vacant houses, the work necessary was much more extensive than we ever anticipated. This donation is one of those lifeblood moments that has given our project practical hope, and on behalf of the trustees, as well as those who will ultimately benefit, I thank The One Foundation very sincerely.
In coming days we hope also to be able to make announcements about even more very encouraging practical support for this work which we have taken on.