We hope you are all keeping safe in these most challenging times and trying to stay strong and keep connected with friends and family during lock down.  As promised we wanted to share with you what we’re doing at the distillery in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We’ve all adapted our roles to come together with a fighting spirit to help in the national effort to produce hand sanitiser with the aim of supporting our community, helping to protect the elderly and the vulnerable and reducing the spread of the virus.

When the Coronavirus pandemic first hit the UK, our founder Russell Evans knew we had to adapt quickly at the distillery to keep everyone employed and the wheels of the business turning.  The team very quickly got together to discuss using the ethanol we use to make our Gin at the distillery to make hand sanitiser.

Head distiller Dave, picked up the challenge (like the mad scientist he is) and quickly started to nail down the World Health Organisation’s recommended hand sanitiser recipe.  All of the team quickly adapted their individual roles whether it be working on sourcing hydrogen peroxide and other ingredients used in hand sanitiser, sourcing containers to put hand sanitiser in or figuring the logistics of deliveries, dealing with orders and enquiries and prioritising front line businesses etc etc.   The entire team must be applauded for their good humoured resolve as its been remarkable how everyone has chipped in and pulled together to make it happen.

Currently, we are producing around 3500L per week and only supplying front-line businesses and organisations such as, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS, Nourish Ltd, City Academy Norwich, Brooklands Care Home, Voyage Care, Shire Foods, Single Homeless Project – London, Roys of Wroxham, Co-Op, Pasta Foods, RAF Lakenheath, Flagship Group and the Global Clinic  To date we’ve produced over 12,000L and given away over 100L of free hand sanitiser to local key workers and vulnerable people.  We’ve also built great relationships with national and local distilleries, through sharing knowledge of making hand sanitiser in bulk, to contacts and supplier details, all in a bid to come together and help others join in the national effort to produce as much hand sanitiser as possible.

Its important that we add that this effort is a “not for profit exercise”.  The commercials behind it mean that we’ve not had to furlough a single member of the team and as a result are able to continue to pay their wages.  We are able to cover all our overheads and importantly it has meant that we have the resources to continue to process all of our online gin orders – given we have plenty in stock!  As we are only selling hand sanitiser direct to businesses and organisations working on the front-line, if you know of anyone who is in need of hand sanitiser please do tell them to get in touch via hello@backup.welcometodash.co.uk and we will endeavour to see how we can help.

The whole team would like to say a huge Thank-You, to everyone that has visited our website and purchased letterbox friendly eco-pouches and bottles of Bullards Gin.  We’ve been inundated with orders and are working hard to process and fulfil them all as quickly as possible. Remember, if you would like to send some gin to a friend or family member in isolation you can do this by adding their delivery address in the checkout section in our shop and we will make sure it reaches them.

Thank you again, we are truly grateful for your support.

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