Grantham has gained Fairtrade Town status after a year of campaigning by a steering group.
Members have achieved the mark by gathering support for Fairtrade from community groups, churches, businesses and cafes, which have pledged to use Fairtrade goods from overseas. Fairtrade also supports local farmers and the ‘shop local’ ethos.
Steering group chairman the Rev Andy Scholes said: “We are delighted with achieving Fairtrade Town status and we will continue our efforts to make sure it’s maintained.”
Councillor Ian Selby is also a member of the steering group. He said: “Becoming a Fairtrade Town will help to raise the profile of Grantham. Grantham now joins towns such as Stamford, Sleaford and Gainsborough who have all benefitted from the prestige associated with being named a Fairtrade Town.”
South Kesteven District Council gave approval to bid for Fairtrade Town status in March 2012, and steering group members went on to organise a bake-off and canvass support at various community events.
They hope to make a difference to the millions of people in developing countries who depend on farming but are trapped in poverty by the rules of world trade which keep them powerless to earn enough to cover their costs and with nothing to save for their families.
Choosing Fairtrade offers farmers and workers a better chance to work their way out of poverty, through fairer wages, safer conditions at work and an investment in projects to improve life for their whole communities.
To pledge your support, call the Rev Scholes on 01476 573050 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org