CalMac has paired with family-owned ARRAN Sense of Scotland to provide much needed hand sanitizer to some frontline workers.

The ferry operator has signed a deal that will see the home and body care brand switch production from its usual soaps, shower gel and home fragrance collections to manufacturing 50ml bottles of antibacterial hand cleansing gel.

CalMac is initially purchasing 10,000 bottles of the gel, two thirds of which will be supplied to its frontline staff on vessels and in ports.

The remaining bottles will be given out free of charge to the NHS, Police Scotland and the RNLI for use in their premises up and down the west coast.

CalMac managing director, Robbie Drummond said: “These are difficult times for everyone, but our island communities are particularly isolated trying to balance a fine line between keeping communities safe and maintaining island economies and essential needs.

“We identified a need to provide additional hand sanitiser products for our frontline staff and working with a local island-based business provided the right solution to help us all – fulfilling our needs and boosting the local economy. Further to this and recognising that we will have some surplus product, we are very keen to support our local NHS and Police Scotland teams by gifting hand sanitisers to them.”

Andrew Russell, sales & marketing director at ARRAN Sense of Scotland, said: “In today’s current and unpredictable situation, it’s vital that we pull together to help support our local communities in any we can.

“Now more than ever, we wanted to give something back and help to protect those around the country putting themselves on the front line to help others.”


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