How Cooper King Distillery’s work during pandemic led to award

A Yorkshire distillery has won an industry award for its work within the local community throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

MP Kevin Hollinrake presenting Dr Abbie Neilson, co-founder of Cooper King Distillery, with a Community Spirit Award from the  UK Spirits Alliance.
MP Kevin Hollinrake presenting Dr Abbie Neilson, co-founder of Cooper King Distillery, with a Community Spirit Award from the UK Spirits Alliance.

Cooper King Distillery, based near York in Sutton-on-the-Forest, began manufacturing hand sanitiser from its 100 per cent green energy powered distillery, answering the call to support communities in the fight against Covid-19.

The firm produced 80 per cent alcohol hand sanitiser to support local care homes, schools, charities and front line services including police teams throughout the pandemic. Cooper King now supplies hand sanitiser to local businesses to protect them from the virus.

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Local MP Kevin Hollinrake visited the distillery to present the firm with its Community Spirit Award.

Set up by the UK Spirits Alliance (UKSA), a coalition of spirits producers from across the UK, the awards recognise distilleries like Cooper King, which have gone above and beyond to help their communities during the coronavirus crisis.

Cooper King Distillery is run by Chris Jaume and Dr Abbie Neilson.

The two co-founders said: “It was an obvious choice for us to step in and help out during the pandemic, as we’re not just focussed on our environmental responsibilities but our social responsibilities too.

“We are honoured to receive this award, and were delighted to have our local MP Kevin Hollinrake present us with it.”

They added: “We’re humbled that the industry has recognised our work supporting key workers and organisations during the pandemic.”

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