Prince William praises the best of British community spirit in crisis


Britain is at its best in a crisis, said the Duke of Cambridge, while praising the community spirit that “rushed” when the coronavirus struck.

The Duke, who became the head of the National Emergencies Trust, said that the British people “pull themselves together” in the face of extreme hardship, with local charities providing “that little comfort” to those who feel lonely.

During phone calls to small charities in Yorkshire and Wales, the Duke conveyed his thanks to volunteers who keep their community running with NET grants, saying he wanted to ensuring that the money reaches “the right people at the right time” as well as the knowledge that they are “taken care of”.

Speaking via video link to the Moorland Community Charity in East Yorkshire, which runs a food bank and delivers hot meals on wheels to vulnerable people, he was told, “There’s nothing like a crisis to bring you together. “

“I agree with you,” he said. “I think Britain is at its best, strangely, when we are all in crisis. This community spirit and this community feeling comes back more quickly than anything else. “

The charity is one of many to benefit from the lure of NET’s coronavirus, which has already raised millions of pounds for distribution to local charities where money can help the most.

Last week, the Duke made video calls to two beneficiaries – the Moorland Community Charity and Dal Dy Dir, a community farm in Wales – praising their instinct to “come together and take care of each other”.

The Duke of Cambridge visits the Welsh charity Dal Dy Dir

Credit: Kensington Palace

Speaking to Natalie Webster, who heads Dal Dy Dir to support people with disabilities, he heard how they had used funds to distribute food packages to vulnerable people nearby.

After checking the pronunciation of his name, which he was assured was “very good, absolutely right,” Prince William said: “Thank goodness you are there, Natalie. It must be reassuring for everyone when so many things change around them to know that you are still there and that your team is always looking for them. This little comfort goes a long way. “

Natalie said to him, “We really tried to encourage people to think about the communities that work together. I think it really really helps. People think that even if it’s something really small at home, they can join and watch over each other. We are lucky in Wales, we have a very good community spirit. “

“It’s really good to see that,” replied the duke. “I always felt that. The Welsh are always very good at getting together and taking care of each other. You see that always in rugby matches, there is always a good Welsh national atmosphere. I love this. “

The charity received £ 2,000 from the NET to support community work, which Natalie called “massive.”

As he asked her to “send my best wishes and a huge thank you to your team for all they do”, Natalie said to the Duke: “It means so much that an agency like yours would spend time talking to a small charity like ours. “

“Our group of volunteers has been told all their lives that because they have learning disabilities they cannot reach them,” she said. “Now they have the message that you have listened and that you are proud of them. It made an incredible difference for them. “

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In a second call, to Jacky Crawford, department head at Moorlands Community Charity in the East Riding of Yorkshire, he heard how critical the speed of funding through the NET had been to “hit the ground” to help vulnerable rural areas. community to survive storage.

The charity, which now provides emergency supplies of infant formula, sanitary products, diapers and food, has seen a “truly dramatic increase” in referrals since the Covid-19 epidemic, a she said, and is now a government support center to help isolated and vulnerable residents.

The Duke asked him, “What are the specific challenges that your volunteers face? Does it move around people? Is it financing? It’s time? “

Said receiving funds quickly was the key, after “everything went up in price”, he heard that NET help had enabled the charity to distribute “those things that were vital but were being taken away supermarket shelves ”for those who needed it.

In a lighter side, Jacky told the duke that she and her husband, a paramedic, lived separately in their own homes – each taking half – to stay safe and healthy to continue helping others, by saying, “It’s very difficult there. “

“Is that the excuse you’ve been looking for for a while Jacky? The Duke teased her, jokingly, she could now operate the remote control herself. Laughing, she agreed, “I have the double bed for me! “

“There is no such thing as a crisis to bring you together,” she added.

The duke added, “It’s good to hear Jacky. I agree with you.

“I think Britain is at its best, strangely, when we are all in crisis. This community spirit and this community feeling comes back more quickly than anything else.

“You are doing a fantastic job. Please send lots of good wishes and thank you to your volunteers up there. “

Invited to deliver a virtual “high five” to stimulate the spirit of his team, the duke readily agreed.

Prince William spoke at the launch of NET in November 2019 and, in March, launched his appeal against coronaviruses in partnership with the British Red Cross.

The Trust is designed to work with other charities and organizations to “distribute the funds fairly and effectively through community foundations across the UK”.

At the announcement of The Duke’s sponsorship, Lord Dannatt, President of NET, said: “After his unwavering support for the National Emergencies Trust since our launch

From November to November in this call to the coronavirus, all those who are connected to the NET are delighted that the Duke of Cambridge has honored our work by becoming our patron for 2020.

“We look forward to working with him and our partners in the UK Community Foundation network to help communities across the country tackle the dramatic increase in food poverty and the many other increasingly pressing social problems that arise of this crisis. “


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