A handy donation greatly received by three Orcadian lifeboat stations

Lifeboats News Release

Orkney based Kirkjuvagr Gin Distillery has given over some of its production capacity to the manufacture of hand sanitiser to try to meet current demand.

RNLI/Kirkwall RNLI

The donation will help crews stay safe while remaining on call, ready to respond
A few of the first bottles to be filled have been donated by the company to Orkney's three lifeboat stations -
Kirkwall, Stromness and Longhope.

RNLI are maintaining a full emergency service as usual so it is vital the crews - especially key members such as coxswains, mechanics and launch authorities - are kept healthy.

We are all extremely grateful to the Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin Company for their very kind and thoughtful donation (pronounced kirk you varr).

RNLI/Kirkwall RNLI

Hand sanitser kindly donated by local gin distillery

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