Skokholm volunteers receive friendly refinery donation

By Observer Reporter in Community News

An organisation committed to keeping one of the natural jewels in Pembrokeshire’s crown in top condition has received a welcome donation to support its work from Valero Pembroke Refinery.

The Friends of Skokholm and Skomer is a volunteer group that supports the upkeep of both islands off the Pembrokeshire coast, which are home to some of the UK’s most abundant and diverse wildlife. The £200 donation from Valero will be used to maintain the upkeep of the lighthouse on Skokholm, and the planned volunteer work taking place on the island this summer.

Steve Sutcliffe, of the Friends of Skokholm and Skomer, who organises the volunteer work parties on the island, said: “We have been very lucky over the years to enjoy Pembroke Refinery’s support of our efforts on both Skomer and Skokholm, and we are incredibly grateful for Valero’s continued funding that will help us keep these islands well-kept and sustained for future generations.”

Stephen Thornton, Valero Refinery public affairs manager, said: “We are so fortunate here in Pembrokeshire to enjoy some of the world’s most beautiful coastline, with the wealth of unique wildlife it supports. Skokholm Island is undoubtedly one of the most astounding ecological assets in the UK, and Valero is delighted to once again be able to support the Friends of Skokholm and Skomer in their important work.”

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