Another generous donation from Valero Pembroke refinery employees

Valero charitable work
Pictured left to right: Gaz Owens, Ryan Evans, Greg Walters and Steve Cristofaro. Picture by Marketing Manager, Jake Hicks, at the opening of the GTBAL Our Place store, in April 2019
Valero Operations Shift workers at the Pembroke refinery have donated another £25,000 to charity.
The previous generosity of this Valero team was reported in Fuel Oils News’ June issue, when a donation of the same amount was given to PATCH (Pembrokeshire Action to Combat Hardship) to help those in need during the pandemic lockdown.
As well as PATCH, this time donations have gone to three local charities focusing predominantly on mental health; Get the Boys a Lift (GTBAL), PATCH and SNAP Pembrokeshire.
A Valero spokesperson said; “A huge well done to our operations staff for raising funds to help support those that need it the most.”
Messages of thanks
Since the opening of its shop in April 2019, GTBAL has provided free counselling and follow-up sessions to over 110 people.
GTBAL’s Ryan Evans said; “The mental health impact that COVID-19 has had and will continue to have is immense. Everyone needs to recognise that this pandemic will impact our communities in so many different ways. Helping those who have found this a tough time is the right thing to do. Thank you, Valero staff.”
SNAP is a specialist playgroup that helps children with additional needs with their development and education.
SNAP’s Cindy Jenkins commented; “This donation will help many families who are struggling with childcare for vulnerable children in this really difficult time. It is amazing that Valero staff are reaching out to help those in need. It won’t be forgotten.”
Valero has worked with PATCH over the years. Since 2008, the charity has been giving free food parcels, clothing and household items to those in financial need in Pembrokeshire.
“Valero has already given us the largest donation we have ever received but to have even more is beyond our expectations,” said Tracy Olin. PATCH manager. “Valero staff have really done something special and we can’t thank them enough.”
Stephen Thornton, manager public affairs, concluded; “The shift workers from the Valero Operations Department at Pembroke refinery have again performed an act of overwhelming generosity. They have chosen three well-loved causes in our county focusing pre-dominantly on mental health. This pandemic has reached into all our lives and the best we can do is to continue to help and look after each other.”