St Edmundsbury Cathedral to put the spotlight on Fairtrade products

There will be a focus on Fairtraded products at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, in Bury St Edmunds, during Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs from February 24 to March 8.

Pilgrims’ Kitchen, the Cathedral’s restaurant, will have cups of fairly traded coffee, with a bar of Fairtrade chocolate. Bananas and wine are also part of the Fairtrade range. Pilgrims’ Kitchen is open Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 4pm.

The Cathedral Shop will have a range of fairly traded scarves from Nepal and gift boxes from Africa. The shop is open seven days a week.

On Sunday, March 1, the Cathedral welcomes Richard Stainer, the Diocesan World Development Adviser, as the preacher at the 10am service. His theme will link with the values of Fairtrade Fortnight.

“The Cathedral is pleased to hold the status of Fairtrade Cathedral in a Fairtrade town,” said Sarah Friswell, PR manager at the Cathedral. “Fairtrade raises awareness of the situation for farmers and manufacturers across the world and challenges injustices.”

Fairtrade is a simple way to make a difference to the lives of the people who grow the things we use in the UK. The Fairtrade Foundation uses this annual fortnight of campaigning to raise the profile of its work.

They work with businesses, consumers and campaigners. Their vision is a world in which all producers can enjoy secure and sustainable livelihoods, fulfill their potential and decide on their future. They connect disadvantaged farmers and workers with consumers, promote fairer trading conditions and empower farmers and workers to combat poverty, strengthen their position and take more control over their lives.

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