In just one week, over 7,500 litres of hand sanitiser - produced at the Plymouth Gin distillery and by Chivas Brothers’ manufacturing partners and packaged by the team at its site at Kilmalid, Dumbarton, have been donated to 166 organisations across the Central Belt of Scotland to help in the fight against COVID-19.
|Chivas distributes thousands of litres of hand sanitiser across Scotland|
Contact-free deliveries have been made across West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and Ayrshire by Kilmalid employees using Chivas fleet vehicles, with more scheduled this week and beyond. The company is also looking to expand its efforts by replicating this distribution model across its Scotch heartland of Speyside, with employees at its Miltonduff site commencing hand sanitiser deliveries to charities and organisations supporting the vulnerable from as early as next week.
The company is also supporting the national effort more widely, having donated 100,000 litres of pure alcohol earlier this month to manufacturing partners to create over 120,000 litres of hand sanitiser for frontline NHS staff battling the pandemic across the UK.
Chivas Brothers, which is owned by French drinks giant Pernod Ricard, has committed to produce, package and distribute up to 5,000 litres of hand sanitiser every week until at least the end of June.
Commenting on the news, Liam Donegan, Manufacturing Director at Chivas Brothers, said: “It has never been more important to come together as a community, especially to help the most vulnerable and at-risk amongst us. 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.”
In England, Chivas is also providing support to frontline NHS staff in London by backing a crowdfund by Change Please, the social enterprise that won the 2018 Chivas Venture competition. Change Please provides barista training and jobs for people experiencing homelessness, and Chivas’ donation will help them provide free coffees and hot drinks for the 2,000 NHS staff working at NHS Nightingale London.
Posted by Steve Rush