The Prince of Wales made a “very generous donation” of items to the Caithness Food Bank as part of a visit on Friday.
Charles, who was known in Scotland as the Duke of Rothesay, made the donation to the Wick branch of the food bank, housed in the former Carnegie Public Library.
Shahi met with volunteers and supporters of the food bank and representatives of other local community groups, along with the vital support provided to those in need.
Pat Ramsay, trustee and food bank volunteer, said: “He was so nice to everyone and spent time with us all.
“He also gave us a very generous donation of things we lacked, such as oatcakes, shortbread, sugar and the like”.
Grant Ramsay, her husband and chairman of the Caithness Food Bank, said: “We told them what the food bank was, when it was set up and how over the past year, 10 tonnes of food had been given to people.”
Mr and Mrs Ramsay agreed that the royal partnership would add variety and diversity to their customers’ food parcels.
Charles was told that the growth of food banks in Caithness was made possible by “strong local support” which provided both food storage and finance, allowing them to thrive and grow.
Mr Ramsay said: “We are delighted to visit the Caithness Food Bank and recognize the incredible contribution of volunteers in providing emergency food to people, as well as Her Royal Highness’s incredible support for those in need. Thankful to where they don’t need the food bank. Help.
“High-profile visits like this can help shine a light on the issues that are driving people to food banks and create a public will to end the need for food banks in the UK.”
The Lord Lieutenant of Caithness, Lord Thurso, introduced Charles to Mr and Mrs Ramsay and accompanied them on a tour of the building as they engaged with representatives from various community organizations and voluntary groups.
Lord Thurso said: “It was fantastic to show His Royal Highness how much community volunteering is going on in Caithness.”
He added: “He is very impressed with the projects and particularly appreciates the heritage aspects.”
Caithness Vice Lord Lieutenant Willie Watt accompanied Charles and his entourage around the Carnegie building where they met with representatives from Wick and 17 other community groups in East Caithness.
Mr Watt said: “I was there this afternoon to welcome His Royal Highness when he disembarked and was part of the team that helped put together the reception here.
“I was also part of the team that organized the Pilot House and Healing Hub event earlier today.
During his visit he met with Friends of Newton Hill Woodland, Wick Paths Group, Seafarers Memorial Group, John O’Groats Trail, Friends of the North Baths, Turnkey Heritage Preservation Group, Sinclair’s Bay Community Council, Wick Flower Baskets Committee, Wick Gala Committee. Met with the representatives of , Let’s Tidy Up Lybster, Dunbeath and District Centre, Befriending Caithness, Latheronwheel and Latheron Improvement Group, Caithness Heart Support Group, the Wick Society (Wick Voices and Isabella Fortuna), The Royal Burgh of Wick Community Council and the League of Friends of Caithness General Hospital.
“It’s a lot of work to get all the details of people involved in different groups.
“He did a really good job and His Royal Highness was very pleased with the range of the voluntary sector he met today – and that was only part of it because we could only choose groups from the east side of the county.”
Mr Watt added that the weather was particularly remarkable, with a particularly sunny afternoon following several gloomy, overcast days earlier in the week.
“His personal side shone through and he was easy to talk to – it was like talking to a friend and the conversation flowed freely. He is a very special man and we are very lucky to have him. Every year spends quality time in Caithness,” he said.
Charles spent more than 90 minutes in the Carnegie building before stepping out into bright sunshine and being greeted by well-wishers gathered outside on Sinclair Terrace.
Local MP Jamie Stone said: “I think it’s special to have Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay here today.
“He takes an interest in the far north and as an MP he really means a great deal to me. I think I speak for everyone in the north when I say we are very grateful. .