A SALFORD distillery has started making their own hand sanitiser amid shortages across the UK.

FOUR SIS4ERS, who are a sister company to the SEVEN BRO7HERS brewery, usually make and sell gin from their distillery situated just off Broadway, Salford Quays.

But now Kerry Collins, Hayley Robinson, Kate Haslam and Lucy McAvoy are answering the call to make hand sanitiser during the current coronavirus crisis.

Hand sanitiser of 60% alcohol or above has been noted as key in combating spread of the deadly virus, with advice being to use an alcohol rub if unable to wash your hands with soap and water.

As a response to this, stockpiling by members of the public has led to huge shortages in stores with a number putting limits on the amount of hand sanitising gels people can buy. At the same time, producers are struggling to source enough ingredients and small bottles to renew production.

Lucy, one of the SIS4ERS, said: "We are working hard around the clock to make the quantities required not only for Salford City Council, but also our wider working community.

"We are proud that we can support and provide our local authority with the products they need at such a challenging time, to help them to continue the fantastic work they do for us."

A spokesperson for the council said: "Our thanks to FOUR SIS4ERS Distillery, a family business based in the heart of Salford.

I"n light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the FOUR SIS4ERS wanted to do their bit and have turned their skills to producing hand sanitiser. There is a shortage of this much needed product and the Four SIS4ERS knew they could help in the current crisis.

"They have provided the council with a delivery of sanitiser and we will supply to our workforce delivering essential services where they can’t access hand washing facilities."