Islanders gifted 15,000 free bars of soap to help beat virus

Residents of a Scottish island have been given 15,000 bars of free soap by a local beauty company to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.

The soap  have been distributed to help Arran protect itself from Coronavirus. PIC: TSPL/Ian Rutherford.
The soap have been distributed to help Arran protect itself from Coronavirus. PIC: TSPL/Ian Rutherford.

ARRAN Sense of Scotland said it wanted the “entire population” of the island to get a bar of its soap to help protect the community against the disease.

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The company made 15,000 bars for the task and packaged them in bags of five per household.

Around 500 bars of the soap still remain with the company now to distribute them to those who need them. PIC: Contributed.

Islanders have been collecting the soaps from the company headquarters at Home Farm, Brodick, with soaps also distributed at Bay Stores in Whiting Bay and Camerons in Blackwaterfoot.

With the help of Visit Arran, the soaps were also delivered to all schools and nurseries for pupils and staff ahead of the enforced closures last week.

Around 500 bars of soap are now left, with the company happy to distribute them to anyone on the island who needs them.

Janet Russell, Founder of ARRAN Sense of Scotland said: “Together with my sons, Andrew & Duncan Russell, and our CEO Kevin Meechan we have been speaking about providing any help we can to our Island community.

“It’s vital that in times of need we pull together and support our local communities. Given that we’re separated from the mainland, we will do everything we can to help keep local residents safe at this time.”