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Coronavirus: North Yorkshire gin distilleries producing hand sanitiser

Coronavirus:  North Yorkshire gin distilleries producing hand sanitiser

Published by Harry Long at 2:06pm 24th April 2020.

North Yorkshire gin distilleries are helping keep key workers safe during the virus outbreak.  

  • Three gin distilleries in North Yorkshire are producing hand sanitiser during the virus outbreak. 
  • Masons Gin, Spirit of Masham and Harrogate Tipple are helping keep key workers safe. 
  • Masons are also continuing to produce gin alongside sanitiser.  

Three distilleries - Masons Gin, Spirit of Masham and Harrogate Tipple - are producing hand sanitiser to the county council, the NHS, and other organistations.  

Masons are still making gin alongside the production of sanitiser.  

County Council Leader Cllr Carl Les said:

"This is another great example of the outpouring of community togetherness and public spirit that we're seeing across North Yorkshire. We are seeing businesses supporting communities, just as communities support their businesses. I want to thank these distilleries and the many other businesses that have stepped up in these unprecedented times to support our efforts and those or our public sector and volunteer partners."

Cathy Mason, co-founder of Masons Gin said:

"So far we have donated about 1,200 litres and we are expecting more ingredients this week to make more, so hopefully will be able to donate another 1,000 litres."

"We are lucky to be able to carry on distilling and we have online sales, which is one of our main roads to market."

Spirit of Masham started to produce sanitiser about four weeks ago and has supplied hospitals, GP surgeries, nursing homes and hauliers, as well as the County Council."

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Spirit of Masham

Spirit of Masham, which is part of Corks and Cases and is owned by Derek and Carol Harle, started to produce sanitiser about four weeks ago and has supplied hospitals, GP surgeries, nursing homes and hauliers, as well as the County Council. 

Derek, from the distillery, said

"We were the first distillery in England to make an application to HMRC to produce hand sanitiser.

"It was the instant thing we thought of doing. We thought we needed to do this to get it out to people, because there were shortages."

Harrogate Tipple making hand sanitiser
Harrogate Tipple

Steve and Sally Green, co-founders of Harrogate Tipple, in Ripley, considered producing hand sanitiser over a month ago and were able to go into production of 80 per cent alcohol sanitiser after the World Health Organisation published its formula and the Government removed duty on the alcohol

Steve said:

"We realised we could do this and keep are business open, because 90 per cent of our sales were lost overnight. We could go back to the doctors and hospitals and councils that had asked about this to say that we could do it at cost price, as well as selling it online to individuals. 

"We are continuing to make it. It has been unbelievable. We can't make enough." 

As well as supplying 500 bottles to the County Council, Harrogate Tipple has supplied the Royal Mail, the Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate, GPs and other health services.