The Scottish SPCA has received a much-needed donation of hand sanitiser from Bacardi, which is producing this highly sought-after product at its Scotch whisky operations centre in Glasgow.
Like many organisations, Scotland’s animal welfare charity has faced shortages of the product due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Manager of the Glasgow Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre, Anna O’Donnell, said, “Hand sanitiser is something we desperately needed but due to limited resources and increased prices on online sites there was no way we could ask members of the public to donate this.
“This donation from Bacardi will allow our team to keep themselves safe while carrying out their vital work looking after the animals in our care.
“We are still working hard behind the scenes to make sure that animals like Kaz the Chihuahua don’t suffer.
“We really are very grateful to Bacardi for helping us at this difficult time.”
The five Bacardi-owned distilleries in Scotland (Aberfeldy, Craigellachie, Aultmore, Royal Brackla and Macduff) plus its Glasgow-based Dewar’s whisky operations centre have produced more than 8,500 litres of hand sanitiser in Scotland over the past month. As well as the Scottish SPCA, sanitiser has been donated to frontline workers including the Scottish Ambulance Association, Scottish Fire and Rescue, local care homes and hospitals.
Niall Mitchell, UK Operations Director for Bacardi, said: “Our Dewar’s whisky operations centre in the East End of Glasgow and our distilleries across Scotland are proud supporters of their local communities, so supplying hand sanitiser to local healthcare workers and charities like the Scottish SPCA has been incredibly rewarding.
“As a family-owned company, doing the right thing is in Bacardi’s DNA and we’ll continue doing all we can to help make a difference in the fight against COVID-19.”
Globally, 14 Bacardi production sites worldwide which have produced over 1.5 million litres of sanitiser in recent weeks for donation to local communities.
Although the Scottish SPCA’s centres are closed to the public, they are still accepting donations via their Amazon wishlists, which can be found here: scottishspca.org/amazon-wishlist.