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Badachro Distillery in Wester Ross recognised by UK Spirits Alliance award for its efforts helping community during Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic; Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP Ian Blackford visits distillery to hand over the Community Spirit Award for distillery's work producing and donating hand sanitiser


By Philip Murray

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Ian Blackford (centre) presents the award to Badachro Distillery's Gordon and Vanessa Quinn.
Ian Blackford (centre) presents the award to Badachro Distillery's Gordon and Vanessa Quinn.

'EXCEPTIONAL work' to support the community during the Covid-19 pandemic has seen a Wester Ross distillery honoured for its spirited efforts.

Badachro Distillery has been recognised by the spirits industry for going "above and beyond" in its support of the community following the global coronavirus outbreak.

The distillery, based in the village of the same name, produced and donated sanitiser at the beginning of the pandemic to local shops and key workers.

And local MP Ian Blackford visited the distillery to present it with its Community Spirit Award from the UK Spirits Alliance.

Badachro Distillery, run by Gordon and Vanessa Quinn, began manufacturing hand sanitiser from their distillery, answering the call to support their communities in the fight against Covid-19. They produced 80 per cent alcohol hand sanitiser to support local care firms, food banks, charities and front-line services throughout the pandemic, which was crucial in protecting and supporting the community.

Badachro now supplies hand sanitiser to local businesses at cost to protect them from the virus.

Gordon Quinn, managing director at Badachro said: “We are thrilled to receive this award, and were delighted to have our local MP Ian Blackford present us with it. We’re humbled that the industry has recognised our work supporting key workers and organisations during the pandemic.”

Speaking at the award presentation, Mr Blackford said he was grateful for their efforts. He said: “It’s fantastic to see Gordon and Vanessa being recognised for their work during the pandemic. Their provision of hand sanitiser has helped keep the local community safe, for which I am grateful.”

A spokesperson for the UK Spirits Alliance said: “Distilleries across the UK like Badachro have been supporting their local communities throughout the pandemic, and the Community Spirit Awards is a great way to recognise that. We are delighted that Ian Blackford MP presented this award, and we hope that he will continue his long-standing support for the distillery and the wider industry as we approach a potential Budget”.

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