Italian jeweller Bulgari has announced that it will donate over 160,000 units of hand sanitising gel to the NHS at the beginning of May.
The medical-grade gel will be housed in 75ml recyclable bottles so that they are both sustainable and portable for healthcare workers.
Prior to announcing its donation to the UK, the luxury jeweller also donated a state-of-the-art 3D high definition microscope to the Spallanzani Hospital in Rome in order to help develop a vaccine for the virus.
In March, the group also modified its fragrance factories to manufacture hand sanitiser that would be distributed to hospitals and medical facilities across Italy and Switzerland.
Bulgari’s CEO Jean-Christophe Babin said: “We started with our home country Italy as it was initially the most impacted country.
“Then we decided to extend our donation to Switzerland, one of the European countries with the highest number of infected people per million inhabitants. Now we further raise our donation to support the NHS.”
The secretary of state for health and social care, Matt Hancock, said.“Tackling coronavirus is a global effort. I’m grateful to Bulgari, who have turned their capability to making vital protective hand gel.
“They are playing their part, helping people stay safe in these challenging times, and no doubt saving lives. I salute their generosity and the part they are playing in winning the battle against this virus.”