Prince_Charles_2012Prince Charles is to continue his 12-year relationship with World Jewish Relief by becoming patron of the charity.

The heir to the throne, who is also a patron of the Jewish Museum, was previously a patron of WJR’s project to build a community centre in Krakow, Poland, which he conceived following his visit to the region.

The appointment comes as a part of the Royal Family’s ongoing support for the UK’s Jewish community, and builds on the prince’s personal commitment to a WJR development project in Ukraine, lifting 2,000 people out of poverty.

“The work of World Jewish Relief is very close to the prince’s heart and His Royal Highness is delighted to continue to support the work of the charity by becoming its Patron,” said a Clarence House spokesperson.

The charity reacted with joy, as chairman James Libson declared his “immense gratitude” for the future king’s support. Vice-president Nigel Layton agreed, saying: “This demonstrates once again the close connection between the Royal Family, WJR and the UK Jewish community.”

Libson added: “At this critical juncture for the communities we help, particularly in Ukraine and Nepal, his patronage could not be better timed.”