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Thousands Of Litres Of Free Hand Sanitiser From A Caithness Business

27th April 2020

Photograph of Thousands Of Litres Of Free Hand Sanitiser From A Caithness Business

The Ice and Fire Distillery at Latheronwheel is ready to make a huge amount hand sanitizer during the coronavirus crisis. The new product will be distributed free to those who need it, including public services such as doctors' surgeries, local shops and care workers.

Awards of £9098.09 each have been made by both the SSE Beatrice Caithness Fund and the E.ON Camster Community Fund.

This has given the gin distillery the funds to purchase 4000 litres of denatured alcohol and other necessary ingredients to begin a large-scale production.

Jacqueline Black form thr distillery said "We have finally managed to get all our licence and public health certificate to allow us to give off 4000 litres of hand sanitiser for free."

"A number of agencies will help distribute this from the Highland Council COrinavirus hub in Wick, Dunbeath day care centre, and Caithness Rural Transport Bus."

"We run a gin and rum distillery in Caithness and we are unable to do anything at the moment of the lockdown so my brother Iain who is our distiller wanted to do something for the local medical staff. He was diagnosed with a rare untreatable cancer and owes the local doctors, hospital and medical staff a debt of gratitude and this is his way of thanking them."

"We started making small batches of hand sanitiser from our duty paid alcohol and distributing it locally for free. Demand was so high that we decided we wanted to do something more large scale. I started writing funding applications and two funders SSE and EON decided to pitch in and help. Without their funding this project would not be feasible. They are buying the ingredients to allow us to make 4000 litres of hand sanitiser and distribute it within the local community to anyone who needs it for free."

It is our pleasure to give something back to the local community who supported us in buying our gin in our first year of trading.

If you need the hand sanitiser contact

Jacqueline Black

Ice and Fire Distillery

Newblack Croft






Tel. 01593741753