A MANAGER at Glan Clwyd Hospital has pivoted her family business to mixing a blend of special help for frontline workers.

Clwydian Range Distillery has swapped its production of Cariad Gin to support the ongoing fight against Covid-19 by producing much needed hand sanitiser.

The company was set up as a family business in Lixwm, Flintshire in 2018, by husband and wife team Simon and Fiona Lewis, who works as an administration manager in the neonatal unit.

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Clwydian Range Distillery owners Fiona and Simon Lewis

Mrs Lewis said: “There are so many people going above and beyond to help others during this current crisis, the support out there is truly wonderful.

“We wanted to therefore see what we could do to help, especially with my connection to the NHS.

“Using our experience with producing Cariad Gin, we contacted all the relevant authorities to help us move into producing hand rub to distribute to help slow down and stop the spread of this awful virus in North Wales.”

The family business, which launched Cariad Gin at Archie’s Bar in Prestatyn in 2018, has now created Clwydian Range’s World Health Organisation Hand Rub, which is based on the WHO recommended formulation of 80 percent alcohol.

The first donated batch of 60 bottles went to the secretarial team at the North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre, Paediatric Secretarial and Clerical staff at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd Children’s Hospital, The North Wales Neonatal Transport Team, Neonatal Medical, Administration and Clerical staff.

Fiona added: “The dedication and commitment by my NHS colleagues during this really testing time is heart warming and we wanted to help out these wonderful teams and also say a huge thank you for what they are doing.”

To place an order, or to become a stockist, for the hand sanitiser, contact the distiller via hello@clwydianrangedistillery.co.uk.

All sales are on a non-profit basis to enable the company to continue to donate a quantity from each batch produced to front line services.