MS Society Cymru workshop

MS Society Cymru are currently working with people living with and affected by MS in Pembrokeshire to develop support services, groups and well-being activities. The workshop held at the Picton Centre, Haverfordwest on the 5th December 2016 was attended by 31 people and brought to the fore a number of issues affecting people living with and affected by MS in Pembrokeshire. We are holding another workshop on Thursday 16th March 2017 at the Picton Centre, Haverfordwest from 9.30am until 12.00pm and I would like to invite a representative from your organisation to the workshop. The purpose of the workshop is to provide as much information on the support already available and we would be delighted if someone from PAVS were able to attend.

HOPE and Valero Cap Amazing Anniversary Year

 HOPE and Valero Cap Amazing Anniversary Year

Pembroke, 14 December 2016 – A year of fundraising at Valero Pembroke Refinery has drawn to a close, with a surprise donation of £9,000 to the refinery’s 2016 Charity of the Year, HOPE MS Therapy Centre. Every year employees and contractors at Valero vote by ballot for a charity to be receive a special focus throughout 12 months. In 2016 they chose HOPE, a local charity based in Honeyborough, Neyland, who provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy and other support services for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and other neurological conditions.

Pictured: Members of the Valero Volunteer Council presenting a cheque to HOPE representatives Ken Brombley and Tracy Gratton.

Fundraising events by refinery personnel throughout the year have included the refinery’s Charity Ball in September, the Pembroke Castle Christmas Fayre and Sport Pembrokeshire Awards, both sponsored by Valero and where Valero volunteers helped with bucket collections and selling raffle tickets for HOPE, as well as numerous other acts of individual and group fundraising. In addition, HOPE received match funding in recognition of the refinery achieving a number of safety targets throughout the year.

Stephen Thornton, Valero Public Affairs Manager, said, “As HOPE’s time as Valero’s charity of the year draws to a close, we wanted to mark Valero’s fundraising efforts for this inspiring local charity with a final major donation. HOPE provides a vitally needed service for MS sufferers in Pembrokeshire and their families, as well as other those suffering from other conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. We hope that the funds that have been raised from all the various events run throughout the year – which we estimate to be in excess of £30,000 – will make some difference to this small yet very special charity.”

HOPE representatives Ken Brombley and Tracy Gratton were on hand to receive the cheque from members of Valero’s Volunteer Council. Brombley, Chairman of HOPE, said, “2016 is HOPE’s 30th anniversary year and we could not have been more delighted back in January when we found out we had been chosen as Valero’s charity of the year. The additional focus we have received from Pembroke Refinery this year has been truly amazing, and every penny raised is ploughed back into supporting services for people here in Pembrokeshire in desperate need of the help we provide. On behalf of all of us from HOPE, I would like to thank Valero and the entire workforce who have helped make this a very happy anniversary for us indeed.”

Valero’s Pembroke refinery is one of the leading employers in south Wales and is one of Europe’s largest and most complex refineries. Valero Energy Ltd, a subsidiary of Valero Energy Corporation, markets fuel in the UK and Ireland under the Texaco brand. There are around 850 Texaco-branded service stations in the UK and 230 Texaco-branded service stations in Ireland.

Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels, other petrochemical products and power. Valero subsidiaries employ approximately 10,000 people, and assets include 15 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 2.9 million barrels per day, 11 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.3 billion gallons per year, a 50-megawatt wind farm, and renewable diesel production from a joint venture. Through subsidiaries, Valero owns the general partner of Valero Energy Partners LP (NYSE: VLP), a midstream master limited partnership. Approximately 7,400 outlets carry the Valero, Diamond Shamrock, Shamrock and Beacon brands in the United States and the Caribbean; Ultramar in Canada; and Texaco in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Valero is a Fortune 500 company based in San Antonio, Texas. Please visit for more information.

Upcoming events

H.O.P.E. Annual General Meeting is to be held on Friday 29th July

H.O.P.E. Open Day is to be held on Friday 23rd September

30TH Anniversary Celebration GALA CONCERT

30TH Anniversary Celebration GALA CONCERT to be held at St Davids Cathedral on Friday 17th June (7.30p.m. start.

Kindly supported by:

  • The UK National Brass Band Champions – THE GOODWICK BRASS BAND
  • BELLA VOCE –  Accompanied by Seimon Morris and
  • AARON PRYCE-LEWIS – Baritone

Compere: Phil Lloyd – Pembroke & District MV Choir


The Music and Voices of Pembrokeshire are equal to and even surpass any worldwide

With Tickets at only £15 (main aisle) and £10 (back and sides) and Children 11years and under FREE


Tickets available from: St Davids Bookshop 01437 720480, West Wales Art Centre Fishguard 01348 873867, Castle Photography Haverfordwest 01437 766858, Adept Cleaners Pembroke Dock 01646 683827, and The H.O.P.E. Centre 01646 600384 and possibly at the door on the night.

We gratefully acknowledge the support given by ALL OF THE ABOVE – The Band, The Choirs and Aaron, their Conductors and Accompanists and the contributions of support with sponsorship for this concert from The Rotary Clubs of Pembrokeshire, Stewart Thompson –, Valero and Andy – Monddi Design Agency support with printing and All at The Cathedral and St Davids Bookshop

MUSICAL spectacular’ featuring a host of young local talent comes to the Torch Theatre on Saturday, April 23.

Greenhill Jazz Band

Greenhill Jazz Band

Aaron Pryce–Lewis and Elinor Crane

Aaron Pryce–Lewis and Elinor Crane

Seren Irish Dancers

Seren Irish Dancers

A ‘MUSICAL spectacular’ featuring a host of young local talent comes to the Torch Theatre on Saturday, April 23.

Singers Aaron Pryce–Lewis and Elinor Crane will perform alongside Seren Irish Dancers and Greenhill Jazz Band.

The concert will be raising money for the HOPE Centre in Neyland, which offers treatments and support to people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and those who have suffered a stroke.

The centre, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, helps around 60 people a month – some of these daily.

Its annual running costs now total around £107,000, and relies heavily on donations and the efforts of its fundraising committee.

Aaron, who went to Sir Thomas Picton School in Haverfordwest, studies classical voice in London, and has performed in a range of musicals, as well as baritone in Brahms’ Requiem and has performed at the Royal Albert Hall.

Having performed in Bugsy Malone, Oliver, Sweeney Todd and Phantom of the Opera, Sir Thomas Picton pupil Elinor now studies musical theatre at university, and has also worked as an assistant teacher at a stage school.

The Greenhill School Jazz Band performs traditional ‘Big Band’ style music, adding their own jazz flavour to other popular songs. The current band is made up of Year 11 to 13 pupils.

Members of Seren School of Irish Dance, run by sisters Cheryl and Lizzie John, have competed across Europe, earning a host of medals and trophies.

Tickets are £10, and can be booked through the Torch Theatre box office by telephoning 01646 695267.

Bob runs for HOPE MS and Shalom House

bob-runs-for-hopeAt the age of 76, running the London Marathon for most pensioners is not their daily focus.

But for Bob Hayler, he’s lacing up his trainers and training hard for this year’s 26.2-mile event on Sunday, April 24.

Bob, who started running in 1985 at the age of 45, has completed 136 marathons and has run 20,000 miles whilst ‘training’ and 8,000 miles whilst racing totalling 1.25 times around the equator!

Said Bob: “In 1984, I was watching the London Marathon and thought ‘I could have a go at that.’ After completing my first marathon in 1985 at Gloucester, I succeeded gaining an entry in the London Marathon in April 1986 (my second marathon). This year will be my 11th in London.”

Bob’s running has also taken him abroad.

“I have run in Europe, USA, Canada, North Africa, and the Islands of Malta, Cyprus, Jersey and the Isle of Man,” but he adds: “My top two marathon locations are London – it’s the atmosphere and Snowdonia in North Wales – which leaves one with a real sense of achievement on finishing, and, the scenery is stunning whatever the weather.”

Bob is running the London Marathon for the HOPE MS Therapy Centre, Neyland, and Shalom House, St. Davids.

But why did Bob choose these two charities?

Well, his sister-in-law and her husband, Liz and Ken Brombley, of Sageston, have been heavily involved in HOPE for many years, with Ken the current chairman and Liz an active fundraiser.

Bob continued: “I was sponsored on my first London Marathon for an MS Day Care and Respite Centre in Oxford (Ritchie Russell House) and it is so appropriate that I should run for HOPE MS and Shalom House on what, it seems, may well be my last London Marathon.

“My first wife had MS (she passed away with cancer in 1999) and was a regular at Ritchie Russell House. A number of ‘Hopers’ have stayed at Shalom House, St. Davids, and I am aware they have had to reduce their services due to high running costs. From the time of going to print (week beginning April 11), I would like all monies collected to be shared equally between HOPE MS and Shalom and I am sure all monies raised will be a Godsend to these two worthwhile charities.”

Bob’s race number on the day is 27,568 and he will start from the ‘celebrities’ start point as he is classified as a ‘Good for Age.’

Last year, Bob, of Pewsey, Wiltshire, ran a marathon in under five hours hence his qualification for the race.

But he admits: “It is getting harder each time now so takes me nearer five-and-a-half hours to finish. Watch out for me, I will be wearing a white t-shirt with BOB 4 Pembs MS on the back.”

Anyone who would like to sponsor Bob can do so online. Search for Virgin Money Giving, click on the make a donation page and sponsor your friend, then type in Kenneth Brombley (HOPE chairman). Clicking the blue arrows will bring you to Robert Hayler and supporters fundraising. Click on Robert’s name for his information and/or click the donate now tab and donate.

Footnote: Don’t miss HOPE’s next 30th anniversary celebration concert at The Torch Theatre on Saturday, April 23, with The Seren Irish Dancers, Greenhill Jazz Band and Haverfordwest’s very own Elinor Crane Aaron Pryce-Lewis. Not to be missed!