meets volunteers from Burnham's BARB during Somerset visit
Prince of Wales met volunteers from Burnham-On-Sea charity BARB
during a visit to the flood-hit Somerset Levels on Tuesday (February
was among scores of local organisations invited to the event in
Stoke St Gregory to thank those who are providing support in the
Prince of Wales arrived shortly after noon and spoke to local
people affected by the floods before meeting fire, police, ambulance,
council and volunteer groups.
was taken to the village of Muchelney by boat and later climbed
on to a tractor-towed trailer for a journey along flooded roads
to a farm in Thorney.
rescue boat crew helped deliver supplies to the cut-off village
of Muchelney during several days in January. The charity also
evacuated a lady stranded in her flood-hit home for 13 days in
North Curry. They have also assisted in several other weather-related
call-outs over the past month.
Chairman Mark Newman said: "The Prince was very interested
to hear about the work that BARB does and was impressed that it
is fully run by volunteers."
Prince visited the Somerset Levels as patron of the Prince's Countryside
Fund and announced £50,000 of help to the flood-hit region.
Duke of Westminster matched the donation with another £50,000
for the flood area. An
additional £300,000 of government funding to aid people
across England affected by floods has also been announced.
Prince told reporters that he "feels very sorry for all the
people affected by the flooding".
BARB's Mark Newman and Roger Flower meeting the Prince