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Wye Valley based Silver Circle Distillery produces much needed hand sanitiser for local hospitals and care homes

As soon as it became clear that hand sanitiser was in short supply and that local care homes and others were in urgent need, Nina & Joe Howden of Wye Valley based Silver Circle Distillery, started thinking about how they could help.

With access to two of the main ingredients - high proof alcohol and distilled water - they began looking into the possibility of producing hand sanitiser to address the shortage, like many other distilleries across Wales and the UK.

With local need vastly exceeding their original expectation, they were forced to start asking for donations to enable them to buy the raw materials they needed. So far, people have donated close to £2,500, which has enabled Nina and Joe to make more than 400 litres of hand sanitiser. "We're donating our time doing this, and it feels really good to be able to do something tangible to help the local community" says Nina.

Here are some of the care homes, hospitals and charities which have benefited from their hand sanitiser:

St Annes Nursing Home, Chepstow
Severn View Residential care home, Chepstow
Castleford House care home, Chepstow
COVID-19 Help group, Chepstow
COVID-19 Help group, Sedbury
Parade House care home Monmouth
Newport Mind mental health charity
Gibraltar Care Home Monmouth
Monnow Vale Hospital, Monmouth
Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA)
Crick care home, Caldicot
Cherry Tree care home, Caldicot
Rodley House care home, Forest of Dean
Castle Court Care Home, Chepstow
Cantref Care Home, Abergavenny
Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny
Vauxhall Practice, Chepstow
The Wallich Homelessness charity, Cardiff
Bethany Care Home, Chepstow
Lougher Care Home, Magor
Southmead Hospital, Bristol

As a newly established business, Silver Circle Distillery needs your support more than ever. You can purchase their products, including Wye Valley & Libertine Gunga Gin via their website where they're currently offering free shipping on all orders. You can also donate hand sanitiser for local care homes and key workers here.

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