From spirits to sanitiser: Distilleries boost supplies for frontline staff

Several gin distilleries have started to manufacture hand sanitiser to bolster supplies for frontline NHS staff.

In Kent, Berkshire and Hampshire, distilleries have transformed into hand gel factories after unprecedented demand led to shortages.

Some paramedics from South East Coast Ambulance Service travelled to a distillery in Bristol to buy 150 litres of hand sanitiser at a cost of almost £1,000.

The government insists its full weight is behind efforts to distribute adequate safety gear.

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The Isle of Wight Distillery is among those who have switched to producing sanitiser to support the local community.

The team are giving special priority to key workers and organisations such as schools, residential homes and postal workers.

The 137 Gin Distillery in Newbury is providing hand sanitiser for the emergency services.