Phil Vickery MBE

Phil is a former English rugby union tighthead prop and member of the England squad.

“The reason why I support The [Royal] Countryside Fund is simple: our countryside needs help! From our farmers to local communities, rural Britain needs support in so many areas and with the help of The [Royal] Countryside Fund we can start to help such a wide range of people. Our countryside is one of the most beautiful places in the world, but is under huge pressure. I want to help people, raise awareness of the problems facing these communities and make sure future generations can be as inspired by it as I have been. In rugby team talks, I used to say, ‘it’s not about one of us giving an extra 10 per cent, it’s about 10 of us doing one per cent.’ Whether you live in the city, country or town, we can all do a little bit to support our countryside, and The [Royal] Countryside Fund is encouraging people to do just that as well, in addition to helping those in the countryside who need our help.”