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Preston & South Ribble Fairtrade Group members with Massatoma at St. Wilfrid's, 29.2. 2012

Who we are

The Preston and South Ribble Fairtrade Group was formed from members of different groups who had joined together for action during Fairtrade Fortnight 2001. We coordinate Fairtrade activity throughout the year, particularly during Fairtrade Fortnight, and are the public face of Fairtrade in Preston and South Ribble.

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New Fairtrade City signs in Preston

What we do

Within the Preston and South Ribble area we aim to increase awareness of Fairtrade and encourage the use of fairly traded products. Fairtrade provides workers with a fair price for their products and decent working conditions. This is one of the most effective ways of fighting poverty in the developing world.

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Tom Finney with members of the group

Fairtrade in Preston

Preston was declared a Fairtrade city in June 2004 by the then mayor Councillor Pat Woods. Our bid was supported by local celebrity Sir Tom Finney, who joined us for Fairtrade tea in the mayor’s parlour.

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Fairtrade in South Ribble

The group, in conjunction with South Ribble Borough council, has worked to gain Fairtrade status for the borough of South Ribble over a number of years. Status was finally gained for the borough in March 2009 and a celebration evening was held in April 2009 at Bamber Bridge Methodist Church.

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About Fairtrade

Fairtrade seeks to transform the lives of poor producers in the developing world by enabling them to use their skills and resources to trade their way out of poverty.

Fairtrade means a fair price and decent working conditions for growers in the developing world, no child labour and no exploitation. It means that the people who grow the coffee and tea and other products we enjoy can eat every day, their children can attend school, they can afford medical care when needed. Instead of living in abject poverty, with illiteracy and high infant mortality, fairly paid workers can provide the basic necessities for their families. A Fairtrade premium is paid to the whole community and is used for projects such as the provision of clean water, a dispensary etc.

There are many Fairtrade products now available in our supermarkets each with the Fairtrade Mark. Buying just one of these products regularly makes a real difference.

25th February 2016