Mayor pops in to do a spot of Fairtrade Xmas shopping

Bruce Dowling and Christine Ward
Bruce Dowling and Christine Ward

Hastings Mayor Bruce Dowling was one of more than 100 people to attend a two-day ‘Christmas with a Difference’ sale of Fairtrade goods at the home of Christine and Michael Ward.

A very wide range of FT foods were on sale as well as crafts, jewellery, bags, and toys during the event, which was held on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8.

The Wards would like to thank all those who helped and all those who spent so generously.

Mr Ward said: “Traidcraft, the company from which we purchase most of our products, has been working to ‘Relieve Poverty Through Trade’ for 30 years.

“The most recent addition to the products is washing liquids made from ecologically grown palm oil in Ghana, where the co-operative has used its bonus to build a cottage for the local midwife who has made childbirth in the community infinitely safer for both mothers and babies.”

The Fairtrade initiative is designed to benefit small-scale farmers and workers, who are among the most marginalised groups globally, through trade rather than aid to enable them to maintain their livelihoods.

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