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Valero Charity of the Year announced

A PEMBROKESHIRE charity that aims to ‘empower its users through education and support’ has been chosen as Valero Pembroke Refinery’s charity of the year.

Following a site-wide vote, Pembrokeshire Cancer Support will join forces with the refinery’s workforce to raise funds for the group.

The group was formed in 1991 by Doreen Wormell who felt that as a cancer sufferer there was a gap between the patient being diagnosed and being able to come to terms with the fact they have the condition.

Over the years and with the help of other sufferers the group has grown from meeting twice monthly to having a dedicated facility in Pembroke Dock that allows them to hold meetings, one to one contact and group relaxation therapies.

The charity’s co-ordinator Lyn Neville said they are thrilled to have been chosen: “Being named as Valero’s charity of the year was a great way to start the year after what has been a difficult couple of years,” he said. “For obvious reasons we haven’t been able to do as much as we would have liked over the past two years but hopefully, fingers crossed, we can provide a fuller service soon.”

Valero’s Public Affairs Manager Stephen Thornton added: “Pembrokeshire Cancer Support understand what those with the condition are going through. This not only helps the individual but their family and friends too and we’re delighted to be able to team up with Pembrokeshire Cancer Support for the next 12 months.”

Lyn Neville commented: A huge thank you to Valero Refinery Pembroke in the Community for your support of Pembrokeshire Cancer Support “I look a bit stunned as we had no idea the cheque was coming!”