The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are making a donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Philippines appeal. Later today, The Prince will attend a reception to mark the 50th anniversary of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and will meet supporters, volunteers and aid workers at Lancaster House, London.

Guests at this reception will include those who have supported the DEC throughout its history, as well as volunteers and members of the DEC aid agency teams that have responded to so many emergencies.  A presentation at the beginning of the reception will give DEC supporters an idea of what it was like to be present at the height of disasters such as the Philippines Typhoon, the Syria Crisis, the 2011 East Africa Crisis and the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. The reception will be hosted by Baroness Warsi, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)

The DEC unites 14 of the UK’s leading aid agencies, working together to raise funds in response to major overseas emergencies in poorer countries.  The DEC has run 63 appeals and raised more than £1.1billion since its launch in 1963 - helping to save millions of lives and rebuild communities devastated by disasters.  So far the DEC has raised over £60m for its Philippines Typhoon Appeal, £20million for its Syria Crisis Appeal and £79million for the 2011 East Africa Crisis.