Fairtrade landmark for Leighton Linslade

May Ray Berry with the Fairtrade renewal
May Ray Berry with the Fairtrade renewal

Fairtrade Leighton Linslade are celebrating ten years as a Fairtrade Town throughout 2015.

The celebrations kicked off with the presentation to mayor Ray Berry of the certificate which indicates Leighton Linslade’s successful renewal of Fairtrade town status.

The status is maintained by a steering group of volunteers who run the Fairtrade Leighton Linslade campaign.

They engage closely with the local community, town council, schools, businesses, faith groups and many others to highlight the dramatic difference Fairtrade makes and why it is still needed.

Thanking the town for continuing to support Fairtrade, Sally Reith, chairman of the Fairtrade Leighton Linslade campaign, said: “Without the support of the local community we would not be celebrating this milestone achievement and we hope people will continue to choose Fairtrade.

“The more that people choose Fairtrade, the more farmers and workers will be empowered to improve their own lives through the better terms of trade it offers.”

There will be a series of events through the year to mark the decade of Fairtrade so keep an eye out at www.fairtradell.co.uk, on Facebook, Fairtrade Leighton Linslade, and Twitter, @FairtradeLL for more.

The events will be starting over Fairtrade Fortnight which runs from February 23 to March 8.

The Steering Group always welcome volunteers to help with stalls, communications and activities and would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in supporting them with a few hours of their time.

For more information about Fairtrade Leighton Linslade, plans for the coming year and how you can get involved contact the Steering Group on contact@fairtradell.co.uk