Chorley Council offers its backing to fairtrade

Coun Mark Jarnell, chairman of Chorley Fairtrade Group, and Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council
Coun Mark Jarnell, chairman of Chorley Fairtrade Group, and Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council
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Chorley Council did its bit to help the town achieve fairtrade status.

Chorley was declared a fairtrade town earlier this year, after work by the council, schools, campaigners, businesses and churches.

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “The Chorley Fairtrade Group has achieved a great deal and the council has been happy to support them in any way we could.

“We were proud to formally back Chorley’s bid for fairtrade town status and have made some changes ourselves, like serving fairtrade tea and coffee at council meetings and encouraging other businesses, schools, community groups, and other organisations to join us. But it is the fairtrade group, supported by the council, which has run with this and gone on to get more and more people involved and more outlets to supply fairtrade products.

“We’re seeing a range of fairtrade products available in local shops, served in local catering outlets such as pubs, restaurants and cafes and available in local workplaces. The more people that adopt fairtrade, the more we can help make a difference to the lives of people in developing countries.”