Norwich man launches hand sanitiser crowdfunder - and he needs your help
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A business owner has come up with a novel way to replenish hand sanitiser stock – but needs your help.
Dan Lacey, from Norwich, has set up a crowdfunder called Combat Corona to buy hand sanitiser from a company in Asia.
But the minimum shipment is 250,000 units so the 54-year-old has asked people in Norfolk to buy their own share.
Depending on the amount you donate, each hand sanitiser would cost between £1.48 and £2.50, which includes postage and packaging to a UK mainland address.
For example, £10 buys four lots of 60ml hand sanitiser while 25 hand sanitisers costs £43.
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If the fundraiser meets the target, charities St Martins Housing Trust and Food and Beverage Buggies would also receive a share of £2,000 worth of hand sanitisers.
Mr Lacey, the director of Norfolk alcohol sales and distribution company The Norfolk Hub, said: “We want to give back to society and those most at risk on our doorstep so it was important to also allocate some of the stock to local charities.”
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The idea for the crowdfunder came while Mr Lacey was considering measures to protect his staff during the coronavirus outbreak.
He added: “Initially, it was for my business as I wanted it to carry on working safely. I worked overseas for 24 years and spent a lot of time in Asia where I have contacts.
“Through one of my contacts I was able to secure a shipment but because of the huge demand for the product right now they will only send a minimum of 250,000. I could not afford that amount so I thought it was a perfect opportunity to give everyone a chance to buy some as stock is scarce at the moment due to panic buying or incredibly expensive. “As it is coming straight from the supplier it is a low price and just to make clear we are not making profit from this.”
So far the crowdfunder has raised nearly £2,000 but the race is on as the campaign will close in a week and needs to hit £400,000.
Mr Lacey said: “Let’s see if we can get there and do something positive during these negative and worrying times.”