Fairtrade success for Sheringham Christians
A group of Christians in Sheringham have been continuing to develop the presence of their Fairtrade stall in the town, and have already raised over £700 since March this year for the Fairtrade charity Traidcraft Exchange.
Since getting Sheringham established as a Fairtrade Town back in 2014, Brenda Smith and her team have been spreading the influence of Fairtrade on the town’s churches and other organisations, bringing their well-stocked stall to Sheringham carnival and other town events, and occasionally to Sunday services at Lighthouse Community Church in the town.
All the town’s churches have embraced Fairtrade to some extent, and Lighthouse café already serves Fairtrade coffees and teas supplied by Kingdom Coffee.
Brenda says “Since Fairtrade Fortnight in early March we have been busy with Fairtrade Stalls, including Aldborough Fair. Because of all the support from local people, including donations, we have been able to send cheques for £500 and later £200 to the Fairtrade Charity Traidcraft Exchange, which helps marginalised farmers, who struggle to feed their families, to improve their farming in many ways.
"The Fairtrade coffee morning at St. Andrew's Methodist Church in Sheringham on Friday October 25 was, I think, a very happy occasion. The Banana Competition was a success - Do bananas float? How many bananas do we eat in the UK in a year? Lots of delicious Fairtrade coffee and home-made cakes were sold. Many thanks to Sainsburys and Tesco who gave us vouchers or goods, which were Fairtrade, to help with our campaign.”
“But it’s not just the money that matters – It is essential that we continue to raise awareness of the need for us to buy fairly traded food and goods from these countries”.
Pictured top are Lynda, Brenda and Harry with the Fairtrade stall at Lighthouse last year.
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