Treforest-based business Gwalia Healthcare has kindly donated 5,600 bottles of hand sanitiser for RCT Council to distribute to more than 60 voluntary-run organisations across Rhondda Cynon Taf.
The Treforest Industrial Estate company specialises in manufacturing medical devices and pharmaceutical packaging, but began producing hand sanitiser in response to the initial lockdown period of the Coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. Using existing resources to make the bottles and sourcing the gel and alcohol from a 10-mile radius, Gwalia produced an initial supply of 20,000 bottles for frontline staff, at a time when there was a significant shortage.
This came a matter of weeks after the company’s manufacturing operation was brought to a standstill overnight, due to severe flooding in Storm Dennis. However, Gwalia has now increased its full time employment by 50% since the start of the pandemic, and continues to manufacture a full range of alcohol-based and non-alcohol sanitising products.
Meanwhile, voluntary-run organisations across the County Borough have recently been putting measures in place to enable them to safely reopen, in strict adherence to the latest guidance for social distancing and hand hygiene.
In order to help these groups, Gwalia’s owner and director Rod Parker approached the Council with an offer for the company to donate 5,600 bottles of hand sanitiser. The Council then collated a list of some organisations within Rhondda Cynon Taf communities which might benefit from the donation.
In September 2020, Gwalia’s donation of 200 boxes of 28 bottles (100ml) was received by the Council – and more than 60 organisations were invited to collect two boxes each. The Council has delivered the donations to those unable to collect them, while a small number of the organisations are yet to reopen. Their boxes are being kept by the Council until they can collect them. Two boxes have also been sent to each of the Council-run Leisure Centres, which are distributing them among the groups and clubs using their facilities.
Councillor Robert Bevan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Housing, said: “This year has presented an incredibly-difficult challenge for organisations like businesses and voluntary groups, who have had to deal with the terrible flooding in Storm Dennis and the Coronavirus pandemic which has changed huge aspects of our society.
Original article written by RHYS GREGORY for Wales247.co.uk, September 30, 2020