Media Release: Chivas Brothers employees take local MS Society branch to their hearts


CHIVAS Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, has donated £7,000 to the Paisley and District branch of the MS Society.

The organisation was chosen by employees at the company’s bottling plant in Paisley, Strathclyde Distillery in Glasgow, its warehousing site in Airdrie, and its Willowyard and Balgray warehousing sites in Beith, North Ayrshire as their Charity of the Year 2011.

As part of the Chivas Brothers Charity Policy, employees across all 30 sites were invited to nominate and vote for four Charities of the Year, with the Paisley and District branch of the MS Society receiving the most votes in the Greater Glasgow region.

The MS Society Scotland was also selected to receive £7000 by employees in Northern Scotland, making it a double celebration for the charity.

The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society Scotland is the country’s largest charity for people affected by Multiple Sclerosis. Around 10,500 people in Scotland have MS. The Society has local branches right across the country.

Vanessa Wright, Chivas Brothers communications director, said: “We are delighted to be making this donation to the local branch of the MS Society, and hope that this funding will result in even more people affected by Multiple Sclerosis benefiting from the charity’s excellent support and advice.

“As a leading employer in the Greater Glasgow area, we understand the importance of giving back to the local communities in which we operate. This donation is all the more special because it was nominated and voted for by our employees.”

Angela Stirling, chair of the Paisley and District Branch, said: “This is wonderful news and everyone at our branch is so grateful to Chivas Brothers for their generosity. People affected by MS in this area will benefit hugely from this donation. The MS Society is like a second family for me and funds such as this allow us to support even more people. Thank you.”


Chivas Brothers’ other Charities of the Year 2011 are MS Society Scotland (Northern Scotland region), Alzheimer Scotland (Dumbarton region) and Macmillan Cancer Support (London region).

Paisley-based Chivas Brothers employees present a giant cheque to Gillian Whiteley, corporate sponsorship and events manager for MS Society Scotland.

Pictured (l-r) Sadie Morgan, Cat Renwick, Jackie Thomson, Gillian Whiteley, Hugh Howden, Donna Martin and Roma Gilmour.

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits. Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky and premium gin. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater Gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth Gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport.

In July 2010, Chivas Brothers launched The Age Matters campaign to help consumers understand the importance of Scotch whisky age statements.

Richmond Towers Communications

Telephone: 020 7388 7421

Jennifer Brophy

Chivas Brothers

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