The Spirit of Manchester distillery has switched production from gin to hand sanitiser.
It has been announced this week that Manchester Gin’s distillery has turned production over from gin to hand sanitiser to support the NHS Nightingale North West hospital amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Spirit of Manchester distillery, in the heart of the city centre, has dedicated it's 1,000-litre copper still, 'Wonder Wend', to producing the product.
The company has delivered 200 bottles to the hospital earlier this week and is working toward delivering a further 1,200 later this week.
Whilst producing the sanitiser at a cost, Manchester Gin co-founders, Seb Heeley and Jen Wiggins, have still pledged to continue to support the NHS Nightingale North West, which has seen Manchester Central transformed into a 750-bed hospital to help the NHS cope with the number of patients in the region.
Speaking on this new venture, Seb Heeley said:
It was a no brainer when Manchester Central asked us to support the NHS Nightingale by producing sanitiser. We’re grateful to be able to play a small part in the tremendous effort that’s being made to get the country through this."
“We now want to help as many frontline services as possible. Our distillery can produce large volumes of sanitiser and can do so at cost, keeping prices low for those who need it most. If you’re a key worker on the frontline and are struggling to source sanitiser, we hope we’ll be able to help your team and make your day-to-day work somewhat safer.
“It’s important now that we try to limit the number of single-use individual bottles we throw away and try to refill them for as long as possible. Without suitable dispensers, the chain stops, no matter how much sanitiser we produce.”
Manchester Gin has also launched a 'Stay at Home' gin tasting experience at the start of this month, which is bringing the art of gin tasting to living rooms across the city and is streaming on their social channels.
You can find out more about Manchester Gin's production of hand sanitiser here.