A MIDDLESBROUGH firm has supplied the equivalent of 16,000 bottles of hand sanitiser to support key workers at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in their fight against Covid-19.

Seqens Custom Specialties - still affectionately known locally by its former name of Chemoxy International – delivered 8,000 kilos of the product to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

The sanitiser is already being put to good use on the hospital wards including those dedicated to coronavirus patients.

The Trust is also coordinating a wider distribution of material to local care homes, GP surgeries and hospices who have also been struggling to locate adequate quantities of vital hand sanitisers.

Alastair Lloyd, Seqens’ commercial director, said the firm was happy to help, saying: “James Cook University Hospital is practically on our doorstep so the decision to help locally was an easy one.

“This is a product made on Teesside for Teesside."

Mr Lloyd added: "We couldn’t be prouder to be helping our local heroes in the NHS.”