Prince William and Princess Kate have offered to replace all the food stolen from a food bank by heartless thieves.

St Thomas Church in Swansea, Wales, was raided over the weekend, with all donations taken, also including bikes and children’s toys. Rev Steven Bunting said he was today contacted by Kensington Palace on behalf of the Prince and Princess of Wales – who visited his church last year – with the touching gesture.

He said: “We opened up on Monday to move our food into our church, where we give the food away and all the bags have been taken, all the existing food supplies have gone, and those other items as well – bike, children’s toys from our baby charity.”

The future King and his wife were guests at the church in September 2022 – and are among those to have reached out to help.

Rev Bunting continued: “The response has been crazy. It’s been so hard to be discouraged when we’ve been surrounded by so much love and generosity. “We’ve had people coming in donating £5, all the way up to the local working men’s club, the local schools and businesses and the Prince and Princess of Wales contacted us earlier to offer their love and support.”

The vicar went on to say the culprit or culprits gained entry overnight to the hall on Saturday (June 3) via a fire exit.

He estimated they were in the building for around 30 minutes, given the quantity of stock taken.