Fairtrade fun at church event

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TWO Scarborough churches joined forces at the weekend to organise a Fairtrade coffee morning.

The event, staged by St Andrew’s United Reformed Church and South Cliff Methodist Church, proved to be a huge success, with more than £155 being raised.

As well as the Fairtrade tea and coffee on offer there was a home-made cake stall and bric-a-brac stall.

The cash is to be shared between Scarborough Fairtrade Action Group and the Traidcraft Exchange charity.

Event organiser Roy Briggs, of South Cliff Methodist Church, said: “It was very successful and I think we got our message across.

“We tried to impress upon people what variety there is in local stores for Fairtrade products.

“Fairtrade has grown massively in recent years and in Scarborough the stock of products is improving every month.”

Fairtrade aims to improve prices and conditions for farmers and workers in the developing world.

Scarborough’s deputy mayor Cllr John Blackburn opened the event at St Andrew’s Church Hall and also drew the raffle which included several hampers packed with Fairtrade products.

The Nutmeg Cafe, Esquire coffee shop, Marks & Spencer, Proudfoots, Tesco, Sainsburys, the Co-op and Morrisons were among the businesses that supplied raffle prizes.

Kate Grant, St Andrew’s Fairtrade representative, said: “Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and we would like to thank everything for their kind donations.”