The owners of a gin distillery in Newcastle-under-Lyme have switched from producing gin to hand sanitiser during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Staffordshire Gin supplied Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council with 25 litres of the hand sanitiser on Wednesday March 25, to help with the essentials the local authority need for recycling and waste crews.
Since then the company has seen a rise in demand for the hand sanitiser and need more containers to enable distribution throughout Staffordshire.
Co-owner of Staffordshire Gin, Jay Davies said: “The Borough Council contacted us to see if we were able to provide hand sanitiser and fortunately we were in a position where we could help.
“Since then we have been contacted by various other organisations, but we are struggling with the containers – if we haven’t got the containers we cannot keep supplying.
“We need any empty containers which hold less than 25l and we need them now so we can keep doing what we are doing.
“There is a big demand for the hand sanitiser and we really need this help. Anyone who thinks they can help – please do get in touch.”
Staffordshire Gin, which launched in 2018, have the right equipment – and high-strength alcohol used to make gin – on hand at their Silverdale distillery to make up a recipe recommended by the World Health Organisation involving hydrogen peroxide and glycerol and have followed guidance from the British Distillery Association.
“We would usually be producing a range of luxury products but right now, hand sanitiser is so much more important than gin,” said Jay.
“It’s great to have been in a position to help the council and we will help as many organisations as we can.
“I just think it really shows the spirit of the country when local companies and organisations can come together like this in trying times.”
Anyone who can help Jay at Staffordshire Gin is asked to telephone 07789008645 or message them via Twitter @staffsgin