Whisky firm delivers free hand sanitiser to care homes

Distiller supplying charities and frontline health and social care staff during coronavirus pandemic.

Whisky firm delivers free hand sanitiser to care homes
Whisky firm: Delivery driver drops off free hand sanitiser.

Scotch whisky firm Chivas Brothers has delivered free hand sanitiser to Glasgow care homes.

The distiller has been supplying charities and frontline health and social care staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

In one week, more than 7500 litres of hand sanitiser was delivered, contact-free, to 166 organisations across the west of Scotland, including Glasgow’s Health and Social Care Partnership.

It is being made at a gin distillery owned by the firm’s parent company, Pernod Ricard, in England and sent to staff at the Chivas Brothers site at Kilmalid, Dumbarton.

Liam Donegan, manufacturing director at Chivas Brothers, said: “It has never been more import to come together as a community, especially to help the most vulnerable and at risk amongst us.

Sanitiser: The hand gel has been distributed to care homes.
Sanitiser: The hand gel has been distributed to care homes.

“I’m proud to see our teams working so hard to package and distribute essential hand sanitiser to those who need it most. We will continue to work closely with our partners to ensure we can keep providing for our communities during this difficult time.”

Councillor Mhairi Hunter, Glasgow’s convener for health and social Care, thanked the company for its support.

She added: “It’s great to see businesses like Chivas Brothers rallying round frontline social care staff who are working hard to protect people in care homes and in the community who are most at risk of this appalling virus.

“Their donation is very much appreciated – not only because it will help tackle the virus and safeguard staff and care home residents – but also because the gesture is recognition of the tremendous work being done by our dedicated teams.”

Story by local democracy reporter Drew Sandelands