Council welcomes hand sanitizer donation

Hand sanitizer

Sunderland City Council has welcomed a donation of 1000L of hand sanitizer from chemical company BASF and partner 2M Group.

Working with partner 2M Group, BASF in the UK donated five tonnes of hand sanitizer for use in schools, care homes, local councils and the NHS in the North East of England.

With businesses reopening, the sanitizing product will help meet the increased demands needed to safely combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the places the council is using the sanitizer is Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, which has now reopened to the public.

The museum has set up sanitizing points throughout the museum so visitors can make sure their hands are clean throughout the visit.

Leader of Sunderland City Council, Cllr Graeme Miller said: “This was a very generous donation, and I would like to thank BASF on behalf of the council.

“Safety measures such as hand sanitizer stations have allowed the museum to reopen safely, so this donation has made a big difference.”

BASF European Account Manager, Scott Robinson, organised the donation. He said: “When we learned of the national supply shortage of disinfectant, we wanted to help.”

BASF, which has a small team located inside Nissan’s Sunderland plant, paused operations during the pandemic, but Scott was determined that BASF could help to distribute hand sanitizer.

He added: “It was clear at the outset of COVID-19 that BASF could do something to help our customer Nissan, but also the local communities in the North East during this difficult time.

“Early in the COVID-19 crisis we arranged a meeting internally with my BASF team in Sunderland but also invited our partner 2M group on what we could do to help based on current restrictions. It was clear from both meetings that hand sanitizer was a real point of focus.

“Making the donation was logistically challenging but worth it when we see life slowly returning to normal with the help of PPE such as our hand sanitizer donation.”

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