Prince Charles donates £150,000 to farming charities

FARMING support groups have welcomed a six figure windfall from Prince Charles this Christmas to help struggling farmers.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF) has announced it will donate £150,000 from its emergency fund to help farmers who are struggling through the winter months as a result of this year’s extreme weather.

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), Farm Crisis Network, the Addington Fund in England and Wales, and RSABI in Scotland will see the fund split between them.

With the Duke of Westminster matching the figure and taking the pot to £300,000, PCF leaders also hope the general public will dig deep and provide financial support for the rural community.

Prince Charles said: “I have been growing increasingly concerned about the many difficulties which farmers from all sectors are facing – and are likely to face – this winter. I thought it was important for us to come together, hear what we each have to report and then I want to see what I can do to help through my Prince’s Countryside Fund.”

Back in November, Farmers Guardian shone a light on the growing number of calls being received by the farming charities for help, be it someone to talk to or financial help.

The public can make a donation online at Virgin Giving, at the Post Office or by text. Text PCF to 70300 and a £3 donation will be made to The Prince’s Countryside Fund. All money will go directly to the farming charities until March 2013.

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  • Sir, I would have thought the money paid to Prince Charles tax free from the Duchy estates a million would have been more like.

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