Since the coronavirus reached Portugal, the Symington family has implemented various initiatives to support
national response to the pandemic. These include:
- The in-house production of 10,000 litres of antiseptic gel (made with distilled grape spirit, glycerine and water) which has been distributed to various hospitals in the north of Portugal
- The donation of a ventilator to the Vila Real hospital in the Douro region
- Funding towards a diagnostic X-ray machine for a hospital south of Porto
- The purchase of 3,000 medical-grade protective masks for hospitals in the Porto area
A digital gathering was organised where Port lovers worldwide were able to share a glass of Port via a live video conference with members of the Symington family with a view to raising funds to support humanitarian relief and medical services in conflict areas. Attendees were requested to register and contribute to the Red Cross appeal. @Symington were pleased with the €5.000 raised and added a further €1.000.