Published: February 4, 2014
Prince meets volunteers from Burnham's BARB during Somerset visit

The Prince of Wales met volunteers from Burnham-On-Sea charity BARB during a visit to the flood-hit Somerset Levels on Tuesday (February 4th).

BARB was among scores of local organisations invited to the event in Stoke St Gregory to thank those who are providing support in the area.

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.

He 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.

BARB's 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.

BARB 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."

The Prince visited the Somerset Levels as patron of the Prince's Countryside Fund and announced £50,000 of help to the flood-hit region.

The 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.

The Prince told reporters that he "feels very sorry for all the people affected by the flooding".

Pictured: BARB's Mark Newman and Roger Flower meeting the Prince


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