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Weathergirl Sian Lloyd supports Rotary gin project

Weathergirl Sian Lloyd supports Rotary gin project

The Rotary-led Passionately Purple Gin project, with is raising money for polio has received endorsement from celebrity, Sian Lloyd.

Who says Passionately Purple Gin is a class act?

Weather girl and acclaimed travel writer Sian Lloyd for one, for she has joined the chorus of personalities who have given the End Polio gin the thumbs up.

Sian took delivery of her first bottle in November and was quick to share her liking for it on Instagram and Twitter.

She said she was ‘delighted to be a part of such a great project’.

“I have tasted and hugely enjoyed the gin. A lovely, lovely gin,” she added.

Sian joins a line of other personalities — “Loose Women” Carol McGiffin and Lisa Maxwell and Coronation Street’s Andrew Whyment.

But the first star to recognise the uniqueness of the gin for its taste and fundraising capabilities was popular comedian and Lytham resident Bobby Ball, whose sudden death in November was mourned by thousands of Cannon and Ball fans.

It was Bobby, along with the Immediate Past President of Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland, Denis Spiller, who launched the gin in October 2018.

Since then the gin has been purchased by many Rotarians and friends, and has been presented to Rotary International Presidents Ian Riseley and Barry Rassin on their visits to the UK.

Earlier this year the gin moved to a new stable at Salford with Swinton Rotary and a new sibling was born in the shape of ‘A Taste of Honey’ gin which has been proving the bees’ knees.

Over 2000 bottles have now been sold of the two gins, resulting in over £13,000 being raised for End Polio Now campaign, rising to £40,000 with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation input — that’s sufficient to immunise over 200,000 children.

Earlier this year the gin moved to a new stable at Salford with Swinton Rotary and a new sibling was born in the shape of ‘A Taste of Honey’ gin which has been proving the bees’ knees.”

During various stages of lockdown over 50 Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs have heard “The Incomplete and Slightly Insane History of Gin in the British Isles and the birth of Passionately Purple Gin” by inviting Rotarian Herbert Chatters to their club meetings where there has been much banter, laughter and ordering to increase sales to the present levels.

“Zooming into clubs has certainly helped raise sales and awareness,” says Herbert. “And new friendships have been formed.”

Talks are already planned into March, so if you would like to hear more about the gin contact Herbert at ossington@europe.com

For every bottle of Passionately Purple Gin sold, £6.20 goes to End Polio Now, tippled to £18.60 and £5 from Taste of Honey, raising £15.

For more details visit: www.salfordrotary.uk