The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made a personal donation of £5,000 to the Rhyl Flood Appeal to help the victims of recent flooding in the seaside town of Rhyl.
The small town in Denbighshire was one of the worst affected when storms and tidal surging caused flooding in many parts of the country in December last year. The freak waves destroyed many homes and were responsible for the damage of hundreds of others. In its wake, the town Mayor, Councillor Andy Rutherford set up a fund to help those who were most severely affected by the calamity.
It was Mr Rutherford who announced, via Facebook, that William and Catherine had made the donation, bringing the total amount of money in the Appeal Fund up to £50,000. He mentioned how touched he was that the Fund was still receiving donations, and wrote: “I was gobsmacked when the letter arrived but it goes to show that when you keep the awareness of an issue in the media things can, and do, happen. Thank you William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.”
Councillor Rutherford also received a letter from Kensington Palace on behalf of the Royal couple. A direct quote from the letter says: “The Duke and Duchess realise that it is a long, slow and painful process for the many people displaced from their homes and as a token of their support, and to show the people of Rhyl that they are in their thoughts, Their Royal Highnesses would like to make a personal donation to your Rhyl Town Mayor’s Flood Appeal.”
Northern Wales is very dear to William and Catherine, who lived in Anglesey for the first two years of their married life. Their donation will be able to help over 130 people who were affected by the flood.
Earlier today, William’s father and step-mother, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, visited the flood hit town of Yalding, in Kent, where they witnessed the damage caused by the flood and interacted with the locals.