His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is making a contribution to the Australian Red Cross to help them support people affected by the bushfires in New South Wales.

The Prince has also sent a message to New South Wales Rural Fire Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons who The Prince met during his visit to Australia in 2012.

A Message from The Prince of Wales To the Volunteer Firefighters of New South Wales

Having had the great pleasure of meeting some of the volunteer firefighters of New South Wales at Bondi Beach last year, I just wanted you all to know that you are very much in my thoughts as you battle courageously against such appalling bushfires around Sydney.

My wife and I so greatly admire the selfless service you provide in such incredibly dangerous and distressing circumstances and our hearts go out to all those including firefighters who have lost their homes in this terrible conflagration. My wife joins me in sending you our special wishes, and heartfelt encouragement at such a difficult time.

The Prince of Wales