The Glasgow Distillery switches from gin making to sanitiser as it answers SOS from The British Red Cross

The Glasgow Distillery Company has begun producing hand sanitiser after receiving an urgent appeal from The British Red Cross as well as other local service providers such as the NHS and local care homes.

Published 27th Mar 2020
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

So far the distillery has produced 1,500 litres of sanitiser - some of which has already been donated to TBRC - and is set to produce at least double this figure in coming weeks

The sanitiser will be decanted into 2.5 litre and 5-litre containers and will be made available to those who are most in need, first and foremost - such as front line services, homeless charities and surgeries.

The vast majority of “batch one” produced by the Glasgow Distillery team has already been allocated and will be dispatched as soon as possible.

In line with guidance received from the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and various other organisations, the Hillington based distillery has followed a set of specific instructions from the World Health Organisation, which helps ensure all hand sanitiser meets production and labelling requirements.

The distillery is keen to speed up the production of hand sanitiser - the creation of which follows a set of specific instructions from the World Health Organisation - but is currently awaiting the delivery of additional containers and a few essential ingredients.

Liam Hughes, CEO and co-founder of The Glasgow Distillery stated that should anyone who desperately needs sanitiser and wishes to enquire about the availability for their place of work, they should contact: sanitiser@glasgowdistillery.com.

Liam Hughes added: “Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on individuals, families and businesses already, but there are still so many people at risk, particularly the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

“Many people are in a state of panic right now. Unfortunately, some of those who are perhaps most in need of hand sanitiser are now without.

“In one day alone, over 20 care homes across Glasgow and the West of Scotland got in touch with me to ask if we were going to be producing hand sanitiser, showing just how serious this problem has become. We had already decided to help but the deluge of calls and emails highlighted how desperate people were and all of our staff were keen to be involved too. It has been a real team effort so far.

“Like many of our distilling companions across Scotland and beyond, we are looking to support our local communities in any way we can at the moment.

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"We hope that the production of hand sanitiser is one small way we can help the selfless efforts of frontline workers who are doing their best to not only protect themselves, but protect the lives of those most vulnerable just now.”

The Hillington-based distillery now joins a growing list of Scottish gin and whisky producers in creating sanatiser for front line services across the country.

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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