intu Merry Hill based distillery gin bar Dr Eamers’ Emporium is producing hundreds of bottles of hand sanitiser in a bid to help front line workers and the general public combat the spread of COVID-19.
The family-run distillery, which is based at The Waterfront, repurposed its production at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Using some of the by-products of distillation, the owners developed a hand sanitiser complying with the World Health Organisation’s recommended formula.
The hand sanitiser was initially given away to Dr Eamers’ customers, but since the bar had to temporarily shut its doors, the owners have turned to mass production and now supply hand sanitiser to front line organisations across the West Midlands as well as making some available for general sale on their website.
Dr Eamers’ has also launched a like-for-like donation scheme this week, with a bottle of hand sanitiser donated to front line organisations for every bottle purchased.
Jordan Lunn, owner of Dr Eamers’ Emporium, said: “We’ve been blown away by the response to our hand sanitiser. From the start we wanted to utilise our equipment and expertise to adapt to the current circumstances and do something to support people in our local community.
“We still make and deliver our gin, but it’s been great to be able to produce something completely different that helps people at the same time."
Rachael Jackson, general manager at intu Merry Hill, said: "We continue to support our community wherever possible and are incredibly proud to have local independent businesses such as Dr Eamers’, who are going out of their way to do the same by adapting to the changing circumstances and helping the local community.”
Since the start of the outbreak, intu Merry Hill has already donated PPE to a local care home as well as hosted a mobile COVID-19 testing unit at one of their car parks at the Waterfront.