Distillery Gives a Hand

Distillery Gives a Hand

With true Island spirit the Isle of Wight Distillery has turned its expertise to the production of hand sanitiser using a World Health Organisation recommended formula at 80% alcohol.

The initiative has been set up to support the local community, with special priority being given to key workers and organisations experiencing shortages, such as schools, residential homes, hospices and postal workers. The team are working with the local council to supply the gel on a not-for-profit basis to those in need, and will also be making donations to vulnerable individuals and institutions who are doing critical work to support the wider community.

The Isle of Wight Distillery is part of an industry-wide craft gin movement which has seen distilleries switch production from gin to hand sanitiser in the campaign against the spread of coronavirus in their local area.

Creator of the Distillery’s signature spirit, Mermaid Gin, Xavier Baker, said: ‘We’re seeing many Island businesses responding to the crisis with generosity, ingenuity and community spirit. We hope to be of service to our local community at this challenging time.”

Isle of Wight Distillery co-founder, Conrad Gauntlett, commented: “Putting something back locally has always been part of our motivation for building the Distillery. In these difficult times, we’re glad we can do something so immediate and critical to the health of the Island.”

Any organisations in need of hand sanitiser please send requests to office@isleofwightdistillery.com.