A pot of money that was collected over two months for a hospital neonatal unit was stolen from a Swansea restaurant.

The staff at Zinco Lounge, Princess Way in Swansea city centre, collected almost £50 in loose change in a pot that was left on the bar.

CCTV images show that someone walked into the restaurant and helped themselves to the charity cash on a busy Saturday night. The money was going to be donated to the neonatal unit at Singleton Hospital .

Zinco Lounge is collecting Christmas presents and donations for patients at the neonatal unit at Singleton Hospital

"We noticed it had gone on Sunday morning. At first, we didn't think much about it and just thought that one of the girls had moved it, until we realised that really no one knew where it was," said Callum James, assistant manager.

"The pot was on the bar and we didn't think we'd need to chain it down. Naturally, we assumed people wouldn't take money from unborn babies. It's clear as day on the CCTV, on Saturday night someone came in and took it

The team at Zinco Lounge often raise money for causes that they feel strongly about through the 'lounge aid' initiative. They have won awards for their community outreach and raised over £4,000 for charities including Make a Wish and Macmillan. 

Courtney Rees, who works at the restaurant and had recently given birth to a baby girl, Myah, wanted to raise money for Singleton Hospital as a thank you for the care they recieved.

"I've known people who have had their children prematurely and I'm amazed by the wonderful things they (Singleton Hospital) have done to help and support parents. Also, because I became a mum this year myself it was important for me to do this," she said.

At Halloween, the staff collected decorations and costumes for the Paediatric Emergency Department at Morriston Hospital .

Zinco Lounge has raised over £4000 for good causes

The team members at Zinco Lounge are now hoping to "turn a massive negative into a positive," and have already had a number of donations since posting about the theft on social media, including a £200 donation from The Perch bar in Swansea.

"We have really loyal customers and we try to make them like our extended family. We've already had two donations of £200 each since it happened.

"Obviously, we are devastated about the theft but the community has already gone crazy with their support and that's what we're going to focus on now," added Mr James.

A spokeswoman for South Wales Police said: "Police in Swansea are investigating the theft of a charity collection from the Zinco Lounge on Princess Way, on Saturday, November 16.

Enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident should contact 101, quoting occurrence 1900428728."

Christmas presents and donations are still being welcomed at Zinco Lounge or you can contact them through their Facebook page .