Fordington Gin have been presented with a Community Spirit Award for their work within the community throughout the covid-19 pandemic. To present them with their award, local MP Chris Loder visited the distillery on 10 October.

Set up by the UK Spirits Alliance (UKSA), a coalition of spirits producers from across the UK, the Awards recognise distilleries like Brighton who have gone above and beyond to help their communities during the COVID crisis.

Fordington Gin, run by Ros Nelmes, began helping their communities in the fight against Covid-19 by supporting their local Rotary club. Rotary members believe that people have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Not only this, but Ros Nelmes and her team helped with food bank deliveries, distributed prescriptions and were there for the most vulnerable in their community during by supporting Age UK. Ros and her team pride themselves in being firmly grounded in and supportive of the local community.

Ros Nelmes, Founder of Fordington Gin of said: “We are thrilled to receive this award and were delighted to have our local MP Chris Loder present us with it. We’re humbled that the industry has recognised our work supporting key workers and organisations during the pandemic.”

Speaking at the award presentation, Chris Loder MP said “It’s fantastic that the Fordington Gin team are being recognised for their work during the pandemic. Their actions have helped so many of West Dorset residents, for which I am grateful.”

A spokesperson for the UK Spirits Alliance said: “Distilleries across the UK like Fordington Gin have been supporting their local communities throughout the pandemic, and the Community Spirit Awards is a great way to recognise that. We are delighted that Chris Loder MP presented this award, and we hope that he will continue his long-standing support for the distillery and the wider industry as we approach a potential Budget”.

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