Prince Charles visits farm charities

23 April 2001

Prince Charles visits farm charities

By FWi staff

PRINCE Charles is visiting the National Agriculture Centre at Stoneleigh to see how farming charities are helping farmers hit by foot-and-mouth disease.

The Prince, who has donated 500,000 to help farming families, was due to arrive at the headquarters of the Addington Fund on Monday (23 April).

He will also meet representatives of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, the Rural Stress Information Network and the Farm Crisis Network.

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution has received more than 3000 calls since the start of the foot-and-mouth crisis.

Rural Stress Information Network director Caroline Davies said help was available for farmers who often faced difficulties in isolated circumstances.

For many this outbreak might seem like the last straw but there is help available. No-one has to cope on their own.

The Rural Stress Information Network, which gives advice and guidance, can be contacted 24-hours-a-day during the crisis on (024) 7641 2916.

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, which gives financial assistance, is open 24-hours-a-day during the crisis on (01865) 727 888.

The Farm Crisis Network, which offers practical support for farmers, is open daily from 7am-10pm during the crisis on (07002) 326 326.


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