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BOSSES at a funeral firm are handing out free bottles of hand sanitiser this week to thank the community for its support during the coronavirus crisis.

Beaton Brothers opened in Erskine two years ago but has a long family connection to the area.

Ian Beaton, who went to Park Mains High, told The Gazette the family-run firm wanted to thank families in Erskine, Inchinnan, Bishopton and Langbank for being so supportive.

The firm bought 1,000 bottles of sanitiser to give away, with another 120 donated by Beith-based manufacturers Bonnymans.

Any resident aged 50 or over can collect one bottle per person from the funeral parlour, in Rashielee Avenue, by visiting between 10am and 3pm today, tomorrow or Friday.

Mr Beaton said some families are finding the pandemic a struggle as they are unable to go into the office to discuss funeral arrangements as they had before.

He added: “The restrictions make it very difficult. A funeral is there to bring people together for the grieving process and to start the process. When people can’t come along and make these choices together, it makes it very difficult.

“Families have been fantastic with us through all of this and that’s why we are doing it.”

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