Toolkit to help spread message about area’s Fairtrade movement

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The Co-operative Group is encouraging its members in Lancashire to join in Fairtrade Fortnight by providing a toolkit for staging events.

Groups or individuals can apply for a the kits, which include a voucher for buying Fairtrade products at Co-operative food stores, a film about Fairtrade, a quiz, an information booklet, a poster, and some stickers.

Members of the Co-operative are urged to stage any event between February 24 and March 9, to help raise awareness of the Fairtrade movement. These could include fashion shows, coffee mornings or wine tastings.

Christine Pritchard, the Co-operative’s membership officer in North Lancashire and South Cumbria, said: “As the UK’s largest mutual retailer, we have been at the forefront of developing Fairtrade products and promoting the principles of Fairtrade.

“Our sales figures show how important Fairtrade is to our customers and, thanks to their continued support, we can ensure a better deal for growers in developing countries whose families can also look forward to a better future.

“As well as staging our own Fairtrade wine tasting events and hosting a Fairtrade producer during Fairtrade Fortnight, we are particularly pleased to be able to offer community groups throughout the region this Join In Fairtrade toolkit to enable members to make a difference on their own doorsteps.”