A £10,000 donation from Valero Pembroke Refinery ended a year of fantastic fundraising for a Pembrokeshire children’s charity.

Every year employees and contractors at Valero vote by ballot for a charity to be receive a special focus throughout 12 months.

In 2018 they chose Pembrokeshire Sibling Group, a local charity that gives the childhood back to children with brothers and sisters with disabilities or additional learning needs.

Fundraising events by refinery personnel throughout the year have included a charity cycle challenge, bucket collections at the Pembroke Castle Christmas Fayre, a big charity raffle as well as numerous other acts of individual and group fundraising.

Valero Public Affairs Manager Stephen Thornton said: “It has been a delight working with Pembrokeshire Sibling Group as Valero’s charity of the year throughout 2018. As we mark the end of our fundraising and profile-raising year together, we wanted to acknowledge this brilliant charity’s work by making a final major donation.

“The difference PSG makes to the lives of children and their families in Pembrokeshire is incalculable and we hope these funds will help them in their vital efforts.”

Lee Hind, chair of Pembrokeshire Sibling Group, said: “Valero’s assistance this year has changed the game for the Pembrokeshire Sibling Group.

“Even if we were to stop fundraising tomorrow, Valero’s support would mean that the charity could continue for at least two years. This is simply phenomenal, and PSG would like to thank everyone at the refinery for initially voting for us, raising funds, volunteering with us in the cold – staff, management, the Valero Volunteer Council – you’re all amazing, thank you so much.”