Kate and William donate £5,000 to Welsh flood victims

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have donated £5,000 to the flood victims in the town of Rhyl in North Wales, which was left devastated by storms in December.

Andrew Rutherford, the mayor of Rhyl, revealed on Facebook that the royal couple had made the donation to the town's flood appeal. Source: PA.

A Clarence House spokesman confirmed that the pair, who lived on the Welsh island of Anglesey when they were first married, had made a private donation but declined to comment on the amount.

Mr Rutherford wrote: "The Rhyl Flood Appeal has received an unexpected donation of £5,000 from Their Royal Highnesses, Prince William and Princess Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge."

He said a letter sent on behalf of the royals read: "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."

The mayor added: "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."

Mr Rutherford warned last month that people who had been forced from their homes must not be forgotten.

"All the water that has gone over has actually gone under their houses and they have had to have their foundations taken up," he told the BBC.

"A couple of them have had to move out so that they can have their footings replaced and floorboards done.

"So we are still getting snippets about people who are being affected, even now, so it's quite hard."

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Kate and William donate £5,000 to Welsh flood victims

Nestled between Saundersfoot and Pendine, this pristine beach is very popular with swimmers and those with a penchant for rockpooling. Did you know? At extreme low tide you can see the petrified forest destroyed when sea levels rose 7,000 years ago. Fossilised antlers, animal bones and Neolithic flints have been discovered here in the past...

Kate and Wills have been sighted here on several occassions - so who knows, if you visit Aberffraw you may spot the couple on one of their regular country walks! Did you know? In Welsh mythology, Aberffraw is the site of Branwen and Matholwch's wedding festival where Efnysien maimed Matholwch's horses.

A sandy beach stretching three miles and backed with sand dunes, at low tide Rhossili Bay is expansive, giving you the option of walking over to Worm's Head (pictured). Did you know? Rhossili Bay has been used as the setting of New Earth in Doctor Who and the bay was used in Torchwood: Miracle Day.

A beautiful beach laden with history, Whitesands Bay is popular with surfers and has been described as one of the best tourist beaches in the world. Did you know? At very low tide the remains of an ancient submerged forest can be seen on the beach - a bear jaw was once discovered here.

A small harbour resort located within the Snowdonia National Park, Aberdyfi offers a range of watersports including sailing, canoeing, fishing and boat trips. Did you know? The Romans established a track into Aberdyfi as part of the military occupation of Wales around AD78.

A truly peaceful corner of the world with wonderful views, Dinas Dinlle is the perfect place to take a ramble. Did you know? From the village, you can take pleasure flights around the peninsula or even take flying lessons.

Poppit Sands, a half mile beach backed with sand dunes, is situated at the beginning (or the end, depending on which direction you're heading) of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. This beach is also a popular spot for power kiting. Did you know? Bottlenose dolphins can often be spotted around the bay, as well as porpoise.

The beach, which has earned a Green Coast Award, has safe swimming conditions and an abundance of wildlife including seals, porpoises and dolphins. Did you know? Mwnt was the site of an unsuccessful invasion by Flemings in 1155 (later celebrated as "Red Sunday"). It's said the bones of the defeated invaders were sometimes visible under the sand during the early 20th century.

Marloes, an isolated stretch of sand, is rarely busy. It offers views to Skokholm and Gateholm Islands and is a good spot for surfing and horse-riding. Did you know? The remains of neolithic to medieval settlements can be found on the island.

Rocky outcrops, sealife, a Millennium Celtic Cross and rockpools can all be found here. The sea is clean and safe for swimming, too. Did you know? Legend has it that Saint Ffraid, the patron saint of Trearddur Bay, from Kildare, Ireland was carried over the Irish Sea and arrived at the beach on a square of green turf.

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