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Coronavirus Kent: 13,000 litres of hand sanitiser made by Copper Rivet based at Chatham Maritime make

A gin distillery has been working around the clock to make hand sanitisers.

Copper Rivet in Chatham has developed its own hand sanitiser which will be made available to the emergency services.

So far, the distillery in Leviathan Way has churned out 13,000 litres of the stuff, which is enough to make 52,000 bottles of their gin.

The family-run business also makes vodka and whisky.

The team has also joined forces with Faversham-based brewers Shepherd Neame, which supplied specially brewed, high-strength beer in bulk to boost their supply of alcohol for its distillation process.

Alcohol with a minimum of 60% strength and compounds to slow the evaporation of the liquid is required to ensure there is enough contact with the virus long enough to kill it.

Copper Rivet's head distiller Abhi Banik. Picture: Copper Rivet
Copper Rivet's head distiller Abhi Banik. Picture: Copper Rivet

Businesses which are deemed essential and need hand sanitiser are invited to email enquiries@copperrivetdistillery.com with details.

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