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Port of Milford Havens ramps up community support during cost of living crisis



THE PORT OF MILFORD HAVEN has been taking action to increase support for its local community as the cost of living soars and individuals, charities and small businesses struggle to make ends meet.

Throughout Pembrokeshire there are many charitable organisations working hard to support people who find themselves in difficulty, whether that be through a lack of food, clothing or accommodation. To provide immediate assistance directly to those who need it most, the Port has partnered with PATCH and Pembrokeshire Foodbank and donated £5,000 to each charity to enable them to purchase additional food supplies for those in need over the winter period.

The Port has also donated £5,000 to Pembrokeshire Care Society, which supports over 2,000 people facing hardship every year, helping them with everything from mental health to accommodation. With around 20-30 rough sleepers in Pembrokeshire currently known to the charity, the Port’s donation will go towards rough sleeper packs to keep people experiencing homelessness safe and warm this Christmas.

As a long-standing supporter of local youth organisation Milford Youth Matters, having worked with them on the annual Under the Bridge project for a number of years, the Port partnered with them again on a new project, Winter Warmer Nights. With funding from the Port, Winter Warmer Nights was able to run weekly at Milford United Football Club offering young people the opportunity to socialise with friends and enjoy a hot meal in a warm, safe environment.

Chief Executive at the Port of Milford Haven, Tom Sawyer, said “This is a tough time for many and we want to help the local community as much as possible to weather the storm. There are some fantastic charities in Pembrokeshire that are addressing major social problems such as food poverty and homelessness, so we hope that our contributions will make a difference to people accessing those services.”

Natalie Male, Advice and Bond Co-ordinator, Pembrokeshire Care Society; Sara Richards, PR and Communications Executive, Port of Milford Haven; Michael Hooper, Managing Director, Pembrokeshire Care Society and Jo Rozbalt, Senior Outreach Worker, Pembrokeshire Care Society.
Director at PATCH Dave Golding accepts a donation from Hollie Phillips, Community Engagement Assistant at the Port.
Hollie Phillips from the Port presents a £5,000 cheque to the manager of the Pembrokeshire Foodbank Ian Watling and his team.


Bereavement charity 2wish named Valero Charity of the Year



A CHARITY that provides a professional service for those affected by the sudden and traumatic death of a child or young adult has been chosen as the Valero Pembroke Refinery Charity of the year.
Following a site wide vote, bereavement charity 2wish will join forces with the refinery’s workforce to raise funds for the group.

Set up in 2012 by Rhian Burke following the death of her infant son George and husband Paul, the charity has grown to provide support for families across Wales following the death of a loved one.
Since its inception they have supported over 5,000 individuals, worked with South Wales Police to better equip officers when supporting families, NHS Wales and to reassure donor families that they are not alone when dealing with their grief.

Ambassadors for the charity include Coldplay drummer Will Champion, TV Presenter Nick Knowles and renowned actor Michael Sheen.

Speaking at the launch of the partnership recently, Vice President and General Manager of the refinery Mark Phair praised the charity for their work.

“After listening to Rhian’s story and the origins of the charity it makes you take stock and think about how you would react if a death of an infant or young adult occurred in your family.

“The work 2Wish are doing is inspirational and I’m delighted to be able to name them as our charity of the year for 2023 and we are all looking forward to working with them for the year ahead.”

The charity’s founder and Chief Executive Rhian Manning said: “If it wasn’t for people like those working at Valero, supporting 2wish by both raising much needed funds and awareness for the charity, we couldn’t help the families here in Wales.

“We are over the moon to be working with everyone at Valero and are excited about the next 12 months.

“Being from Pembrokeshire, it’s great to be working with such a wonderful organisation where many people will now learn about our charity.

“Thank you to everyone who voted us!”

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Family charity appeal for people to volunteer and help families living across Pembrokeshire



A WELSH-based family support charity is looking for home-visiting volunteers to join their team in order to help more families with young children living in Pembrokeshire.

Home-Start Cymru works within 18 local authorities like Pembrokeshire to train and match volunteers with families to support them through challenging times.

The trained volunteer visits the family every week for two to three hours providing compassionate, confidential and non-judgemental support in the family’s home.

The families supported may be dealing with issues such as financial worries, bereavement, postnatal depression, isolation, coping with twins, domestic abuse or helping out with a parent or child with disabilities.

Bethan Webber, Chief Executive at Home-Start Cymru, said: “We need more volunteers so we can support more families living in Pembrokeshire.”

“Being a parent has never been easy. It can be lonely, frustrating and overwhelming. Life-changing events can happen to anyone. That is why Home-Start Cymru is ready to stand alongside families when they need us most.”

If you are interested in helping the charity look out for families in the area, you can register your interest online at or email the following address

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Free meals for those struggling in the community



HASTY BITE will be providing free meals at the St Govan’s Centre in Pembroke Dock between 9:45 and 2pm Monday to Fridays

Manager Carl Williams said: “We have worked with Pembrokeshire Care Society to make this project a reality. We will be, from this week, providing help to 25-30 people a day/ We are providing hot meals including full breakfasts and shepherd’s pie. Its basically warm food to fill people’s bellies.

“Soup, casserole, quiche and scampi will also be on the menu.”

Mr Williams added: “It’s about helping people to socialise and getting them out of their homes when they are struggling. A problem shared is a problem halved.

“People can call in to order food, and the service works on a trust basis – there is no need for a referral.

“People can use our service rather than deciding whether to eat or heat their homes – we are here to help.”

The project has been supported by the Pembrokeshire County Council’s Food Poverty Grant.

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