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Prince of Wales' Countryside Fund donates £25,000 to SCF's Emergency Flood Relief Appeal

Feb 4, 2014

HRH The Prince of Wales attended a reception at Stoke St Gregory villllage hall today to hear first hand about the plight of rural communities who are struggling with severe floodings as a result of the wettest January since records began.

In response, the Prince's Countryside Fund has announced it will donate £25,000 from its Emergency Fund to the Foundation's Emergency Flood Relief Appeal.

These additional funds take the total amount donated to the Emergency Flood Relief Appeal to just under £100,000, and much closer to the £150,000 target.  Justin Sargent, Chief Executive of the Foundation said, "The very generous grant from the Prince's Countryside Fund has come at a critical time as we continue to respond to the growing need within the communities on the Somerset levels. This additional funding means that in the next few days we will be able to expand our support to micro-businesses as well as continuing to help households through this difficult time."

Victoria Elms from the Prince's Countryside Fund said "Rural communities in the Southwest are facing a second consecutive year of flooding. We hope this financial aid will go some way to supporting the communities who are facing severe hardships as a result of the flooding. Rural businesses are key to thriving communities and we want to help hard hit villages back on their feet and open for business."

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