Macphie helps community prepare for lockdown ease

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

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 7:44 am
Updated Thursday, 29th April 2021, 7:44 am
Macphie chairman Alastair Macphie

More than 30 charities, public services, schools, churches and sport clubs have benefitted from Macphie’s donations.

These include the Stonehaven Covid Vaccination Centre, FareShare, The Haven Community Larder, the Royal National Lifeboat Institute, Mackie Academy and Mearns Academy.

The family-owned food business based in Glenbervie, pivoted its production processes in April last year to produce much-needed hand sanitiser.

It was commended by First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon for answering the call to produce the vital supplies for key workers as the UK faced critical shortages.

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.

This month, as hospitality and non-essential shops are permitted to reopen, Macphie has reached out to the local community to offer up supplies of hand sanitiser.

Chairman Alastair Macphie said: “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.

“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.”

Julia Morton is Director of The Haven Community Larder in Stonehaven which was set up last year during the pandemic to address rising levels of food poverty.

She 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.”

Julia added: “Hand sanitiser is a luxury item not everyone can afford so Macphie’s donations will go a long way to keep our community safe.”