Valero who run the only remaining refinery in Pembrokeshire have a scheme whereby their staff are encouraged to help on volunteer projects in the county and John Hayes, one of their longest serving employees has spent three weeks on the island helping with the maintenance tasks and notably has painted the very top of the lighthouse bringing into play his working at heights and safety training and using the latest rope techniques to work in such situations. His time on the island has also encouraged the refinery to make a donation towards the work which will potentially pay for the next lot of paint on the eastern side of the building - which is also going to be challenging.
Valero have helped a great deal over the years of the refurbishment supplying all the batteries and the solar panels for the electrical work and also supporting the Observatory set up with funding support. Its been a long term relationship between the refinery during its many guises as Texaco, Chevron and Valero) with both the islands - they built the boat trailer on Skomer over 30 years ago and its still going strong, they helped install the first water supply system on Skomer with a lot of pumping equipment and installation help and supplied the boat access ladder in North Haven Skomer when the running mooring for the island boat was in use - the ladder is still there and in good condition but its not used at the moment.
The support for the islands from local industry in Pembrokeshire has been brilliant over many years - its often just a question of asking at the right time and once again they have come up trumps.