MENTAL health charity Mind has been selected by staff at the Port of Milford Haven to be its charitable cause for 2018.

The new means the charity can look forward to a range of financial and in-kind support over the next 12 months.

As well as the financial donation made by the organisation, staff are always keen to raise additional funds through fundraising activities and by volunteering.

Last year more than £10,000 of support was provided to the Port’s previous charitable cause, the Paul Sartori Foundation.

Mind Pembrokeshire runs a resource centre in Haverfordwest where it offers counselling, befriending and carers services, as well as providing supported housing accommodation.

Charity director Tracey Price was really excited and proud to be chosen as the Port of Milford Haven’s charitable cause.

“To be voted in by employees is especially pleasing and we want to thank them,” she said.

“We are looking forward to working alongside them this year to raise awareness of mental health issues and ways we can be mentally healthy.

"All donations will ensure we can continue to support people across Pembrokeshire 365 days a year - something we are privileged to be able to do.”

Anna Malloy, Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Manager, said: “There are so many worthy causes out there and some great people driving them forward; it’s been an honour to work with them and support them in making a difference to people’s lives.

"Mind Pembrokeshire was a clear leader in our staff vote which I believe reflects the significance of the work they’re doing.

"We’re all looking forward to working with them this year.”

In addition to its year-long work with a charitable cause, the Port also supports hundreds of other organisations and community groups through its community fund.

During 2017 more than £30,000 of funding was awarded through this fund alone benefitting a wide range of community groups, sports teams and events such as Tenby Sea Swimming Association’s annual Caldey Swim, IT equipment for the Queen’s Hall in Narberth and PATCH’s Christmas Toy Appeal.

Support was also provided to the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) through a separate fund which is set aside to help visiting seafarers.