Doncaster vodka and gin firm donates hand sanitiser to Doncaster Royal Infirmary

A Doncaster vodka, gin and rum manufacturer has donated 80 litres of hand sanitiser to Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 8:17 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 8:18 pm

Family-owned firm Brittains Beverages has been forced to temporarily close its Kirk Sandall factory during the lockdown.

But bosses John and Fiona Raper wanted to make a positive contribution during the coronavirus crisis – handing over 80 litres of hand sanitiser.

Said Mr Raper: “I spoke to friends, Claire and Jerry Day, who both work in the NHS at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and whose courageous hard work and commitment, in the fight against Covid 19, along with everyone in the NHS is admirable.

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Fiona and John Raper have donated hand sanitiser to DRI.

“I asked about the DRI’s supplies of hand sanitiser and if they were in need of extra supplies, as a good friend and colleague of ours was producing it. The offer was not turned down. As a result Brittains ordered and donated 80 litres of hand sanitiser to Doncaster Royal Infirmary.”

Mr Raper started the business 15 years ago after his wife Fiona made raspberry vodka at their Sprotbrough home.

He said: “I took the vodka out on a shoot and it was a hit - people wanted to buy it.”

“Now we make more flavours such as chocolate, butterscotch, and cherry,” John added.

The firm uses Yorkshire raspberries from local fruit producers in Tickhill, Doncaster for its signature product but experimentation with flavours and Mr Raper’s vision for expanding the product range has led to an extensive range of new flavours and the brand has even featured in TV sitcom Still Open All Hours.