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La vie en rose

Warwick-based children’s charity Molly Ollys is celebrating its tenth anniversary with the launch of its very own pink gin.

Working in partnership with Shakespeare Distillery, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, the charity has launched a bespoke, small batch craft gin with notes of raspberries, blackberries and Mediterranean citrus.

L-R: Rachel Ollerenshaw; Deputy Lord Mayor; Tim Ollerenshaw

Molly Ollys already had a successful range of products, including candles, diffusers and room sprays, but were keen to mark its first decade with a brand new product.

The charity was founded in 2012 by Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw after their daughter, Molly, died from a rare kidney cancer at the age of eight. The charity emotionally supports children up to the age of 18 who have a life-threatening illness by delivering wishes to make them smile and with Olly The Brave, the therapeutic toy lion, along with books.

Commenting on the new gin, Rachel said: “Gin is such a popular gift that it seemed a good idea to offer our very own Molly Ollys Pink Gin. We were keen to ensure it was a high quality product and it made sense to work with Shakespeare Distillery to create our own premium product, as they are well-established and well-known for their artisan gins.

“We chose to make it pink because our logo is pink and we know some supporters like to donate to the charity by purchasing something from us so we hope the gin will be a winner. The gin launch was a real success, with many people buying a bottle as a Christmas gift for family or friends.”

Guests mingle at the launch of the new gin

For the founder of Shakespeare Distillery, Simon Picken, explained that this was the first time the business had ever done any contract distilling: “We love experimenting with different flavours to create new gins, it was therefore an absolute pleasure to receive the call from such a good cause as Molly Ollys who entrusted us to help them craft a bespoke premium gin for them.

“We are very pleased with the end result and I hope it proves a great success in raising important funds for the charity.”

40 guests were invited to the Molly Ollys Pink Gin launch at Shakespeare Distillery where they got to sample the gin, have a tour of the distillery as well as having the opportunity to buy a bottle.

Councillor Kate Rolfe, the Deputy Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon, was keen to support this very worthwhile cause: “I was delighted to be invited to Molly Ollys charity gin launch. It is fantastic that the charity has used its initiative to create a product people will enjoy and love to buy and with Christmas just around the corner, it is certainly great timing.

“Molly Ollys does such amazing work all across the UK and I feel very proud that we have such a wonderful charity on our doorstep that is making the dark days brighter for children with life-threatening illnesses.”

The Molly Ollys Pink Gin can be bought from the charity’s online shop