Broadland Housing’s emergency repairs and cleaning teams are using hand sanitiser produced by local gin distillery, Black Shuck.
So far, the Fakenham-based distillery has supplied 90 litres of hand sanitiser to Broadland.
Louise Archer, Executive Property Director, said:
We are lucky to have sourced a supply of hand sanitiser through local contacts, which should last us a few weeks. Hand sanitiser is still a scarce resource and we are keeping a close eye on the supply levels, as well as all the other crucial PPE resources we need, such as masks and disposable gloves.
Our Procurement team and Repairs team managers are working hard to secure the necessary items. We all know how hard this is at the moment. As with everything at this time, we are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.
Sarah Saunders, co-founder of Black Shuck, told the Eastern Daily Press that the distillery began collecting the equipment needed to make hand sanitiser at the end of February. She said:
We were just starting to see the news out of China, and I bought some hand sanitiser while I was travelling abroad and realised we could make it because we had ethanol. We ordered everything we needed to make the gel to WHO guidelines, and campaigned with other distilleries nationally to speed up the processes to enable us to get the licenses we needed.
Broadland frontline staff are picking up their essential supplies from our stores in Colton, Norfolk – observing the Government’s social distancing rules to protect themselves and our tenants.
Stores favourite ‘Wilson’ has been keeping up frontline staff spirits. Wilson is named after Tom Hanks’ basketball friend in the film Cast Away and was created by Broadland heating engineer John Collison.
And in case you are wondering, the hand sanitiser does not smell of gin!