Helping street people in Hackney and Tottenham to stay safely clean in a time of virus

Homeless©DA16:© under municipal balcony in Haggerston Park Hackney London 080316
Father and son: Adrian White and Jacob, two. Top, improvised shelter in Haggerston Park

A NORTH LONDON businessman has created his own hand sanitiser to help rough sleepers and food banks in Hackney and Tottenham to cope with coronavirus.

Frustrated by shortages of vital supplies, Enfield businessman Adrian White, owner of fashion label Hubert & Calvin, with the help of his family looked into homemade hand sanitisers and came up with a mixture — 63% of it pure alcohol, with aloe vera and essential oils — that he believes is a germ-killer.

Social-distancing Dalston-style in Kingsland Shopping Centre, Hackney E8

And it is appreciated. Dean Memhet, a 39-year-old single father from Enfield, said: “It’s been a worrying time getting hold of essentials as the shelves have been empty but thankfully we have the food bank to help me and my family out.”

Sanitiser was sold out in every shop Memhet went to, so he was “really grateful” for getting a bottle via Hearts and Helpers, a charity set up by the businessman in 2019.

Clean machine: bottles of the sanitiser

White said: “With the increasingly scary Covid-19 situation, hand sanitiser is almost impossible to get hold of. Homeless people are highly susceptible to the virus and are in contact with the the public every single day, so I wanted to give them some form of protection… it is vital they get the support they need during these uncertain times.”

Hearts and Helpers is also taking the sanitisers to Brixton Soup Kitchen.

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* Some producers of personal protection material are profiteering outrageously. Scottish firm Loch Lomond Distillery Company, however crossword clues giving away 150,000 bottles of hand sanitiser.

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