A vaping company has switched its production focus to making hand sanitisers and joined forces with the National Care Association (NCA) to provide essential PPE supplies to frontline care workers.
Vape Dinner Lady will initially donate 10,000 bottles of hand sanitiser to staff working in care homes and providing care in the community.
The company has repurposed a production line at is manufacturing base in Blackburn and created 24 new jobs in order to meet the demand for hand sanitiser during and beyond the pandemic.
It has also used its sourcing network to import thousands of bottles of WHO-standard hand sanitiser, face masks and clinical PPE into the UK to answer immediate demand.
Nadra Ahmed, executive chairman of the NCA said: “All forms of PPE are essential for frontline staff in the fight against this virus and the demand across the UK is enormous. We expect the demand for these items to continue over the coming months if not years. We believe it is crucial for our workforce to have access hand sanitisers in general but to personal use hand sanitiser bottles at this time is essential.
“So we’re delighted to receive this extremely generous donation from Vape Dinner Lady – it will provide reassurance and protection for carers right across the country at a time when their role in supporting some of the most vulnerable citizens in our communities is crirical.”
Vape Dinner Lady chief executive, Mohammed Patel, said: “Teaming up with National Care Association we will help support those most in need at this difficult time with the best interests of our loyal customers and community at heart. We were moved by the issues raised by the NCA, particularly those facing privately run care homes across the country and we wanted to help.”
The new production line in Blackburn was repurposed within days and at full capacity can produce 10.5 million bottles of Sanditize hand sanitiser annually.
The business is also eyeing up a £500,000 expansion plan to deliver projected sales, due to be announced later in 2020.