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.
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.