The Prince of Wales' Countryside Fund has donated £40,000 from its Emergency Fund to support farmers and rural communities affected by Storm Desmond.

In total £30,000 will be donated to fund the Farming Help Charities to help farmers and rural communities in the area and to provide immediate financial assistance. The Cumbria Community Foundation will receive £10,000 who will be working with voluntary organisations to provide initial hardship grants of £500 to local people affected by the floods.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund will work alongside The Prince’s Business Emergency Resilience Group (BERG), an initiative set up after the 2009 floods in Cockermouth. A major fundraising appeal has been announced to assist the flood damaged communities to get back on their feet.

Claire Saunders, Director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund said:

The full impact of the floods has yet to be realised, but many farms have lost livestock drowned in the flood waters, or been affected by landslips, while feed and equipment has been lost. The repairs to bridges, roads and dry stone walls will be an enormous job.

Claire Saunders, Director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund

Mike Still, Chairman of BERG said:

Flooding causes huge devastation to property, land and the morale of communities, and once flood waters recede and media attention wanes, people still need help to recover. We want to help hard hit rural communities get back on their feet and open for business.”

Mike Still, Chairman of BERG

The Fund asks that those affected by flooding contact the Farming Help Hotline 03000111999.