Alastair Macphie holding hand sanitiser

Source: Macphie

Chairman Alastair Macphie

Scottish ingredients manufacturer Macphie has donated thousands of bottles of hand sanitiser to local community groups and charities as the UK’s lockdown measures begin to ease.

Over 30 organisations, including charities, public services, schools and sport clubs, were among the recipients alongside Covid vaccination centres, FareShare and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute.

The family-owned food business temporarily pivoted its production processes in April last year to produce hand sanitiser as demand soared. The business notes that it was commended by Nicola Sturgeon for answering the call to produce the vital supplies for key workers as the UK faced critical shortages at the start of the pandemic.

Working with local distilleries, Macphie had been bottling hand sanitiser from its facilities in Glenbervie, Aberdeenshire and contributed around 250,000 bottles to the supply chain.

“The last year has been incredibly challenging – particularly on charities and community groups who have done all they can to continue providing their vital services throughout the pandemic,” said chairman Alastair Macphie. “As lockdown measures ease once more, we appreciate that keeping people safe comes at a cost which is why we’ve been working with our community partners to provide a supply of hand sanitiser.”

Community larder Stonehaven, which was set up last year to address rising levels of food poverty, was among the recent recipients. Director Julia Morton said: “We are incredibly grateful for the donation of over 500 bottles of hand sanitiser provided by Macphie.

“Not only has this given us ample supply to keep our volunteers safe but we’re able to offer the bottles out to those who use our community larder. Hand sanitiser is a luxury item not everyone can afford so Macphie’s donations will go a long way to keep our community safe.”