PRINCE CHARLES has donated to the Hellenic Red Cross to help those affected by the fires in Greece, the birthplace of his late father.
In early August, more than 500 fires raged in Greece, causing thousands of people to flee from their homes. To support recovery efforts for those who have lost their homes and livelihoods, the Prince of Wales has donated to the Red Cross.
Antonios Avgerinos, the President of the Hellenic Red Cross, said they were “immensely grateful” for the money.
He said: “We are immensely grateful for His Royal Highness’ kind donation.
“It means a great deal to the dedicated staff of the HRC and to the people of Greece who we are helping.
“We are working hard to assist affected people during these extremely difficult times, with the wildfires now affecting over 70,000 people.
“We hold a great affection towards His Royal Highness given his close family links with the country, and the HRC will continue to work tirelessly for the people of Greece who have suffered with these unprecedented wildfires.”
The donations have helped the HRC teams to fight the fires, provide first aid and assist in search and rescue activities.
The fires in Greece are the most destructive in the country since 2007.
The nation holds a special place for Charles, as Greece is his father’s birthplace.
Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh was born on 10 June 1921 on the Greek island of Corfu.
The fires which raged near Athens threatened Tatoi Palace which was the burial place of Prince Charles’ paternal grandfather, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark.
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall also visited Greece earlier this year.
The royals arrived in Greece in March 2021 for two days of celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of Greece’s 1821 war of independence and revolution.
Prince Charles commented during a dinner at the Presidential Mansion: “In feeling a profound connection to Greece—her landscapes, her history and her culture—I am hardly alone.
“There is something of her essence in us all. As the wellspring of Western civilization, Greece’s spirit runs through our societies and our democracies.
“Without her, our laws, our art, our way of life, would never have flourished as they have.”