Raising funds for Fairtrade in Stamford and Rutland
Events were held last week to raise funds as part of Fairtrade Fortnight.
In Stamford, the Fairtrade Town Group were at Stamford railway station serving Fairtrade refreshments to grateful commuters.
And on Friday, a Big Brew coffee event was held at The Well in Stamford Methodist Church, again serving Fairtrade produce.
Jan Hetherington, one of the organisers of that event, said more than £200 had been raised. This money will go to Traidcraft Exchange, which supports those who could import Fairtrade goods to the Western world with training in marketing.
She said the event had once again been well supported and said she was pleased with what had been raised.
Last night, supporters were also due to enjoy a Dine with a Difference meal at New College Stamford. The meal was prepared and served by catering students from the college, using Fairtrade and local ingredients.
In Rutland, Big Brews were held in Oakham and Whissendine, celebrating 40 years since the foundation of Traidcraft.
Helen Baggott from the Rutland Fairtrade Forum spoke at the Oakham event, explaining the pioneering role Traidcraft has played in changing lives through the sale of Fairtrade goods.
The themes for Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 are cocoa and a living income.
Visitors to the Oakham Big Brew enjoyed a short film which explained the impact that a fall in cocoa prices has had on cocoa farmers in Ghana and the Ivory Coast.
Although there has been a significant decrease in the market price of cocoa, consumers have not seen a reduction in the price of chocolate. Fairtrade helps to protect famers from market volatility by ensuring they receive the Fairtrade minimum price for their produce.
Sue Jarron, High Sheriff of Rutland, cut a celebratory cake to mark 40 years of Traidcraft and commented that she hoped Fairtrade would continue to grow for the next 40 years, helping more producers around the world to earn a living income.
The Rutland Big Brews raised a total of £506 which will be donated to Traidcraft Exchange.