Group fighting poverty

Members of Greasley Christian Aid
Members of Greasley Christian Aid

A charity group which helps to fight poverty through fair trade is celebrating its 21st anniversary with a fundraising event in Watnall.

Greasley Christian Aid, a branch of the national charity, is hosting a Fair Trading Showcase next weekend where cards and gifts made by Traidcraft will be on sale.

All profits from the Watnall event on Saturday October 18 will go to Christian Aid - a charity which works to end poverty around the world through responding to emergencies, campaigning about climate change and tax dodgers and for human rights.

The Greasley branch of Christian Aid is made up of 14 local residents and is led by former schoolteachers Katrine Hockenhull and Janet Hedderly who are excited about this annual trading event.

Janet Hedderley said that she hoped the showcase would be a success for several reasons.

She said: “We hope it will publicise Traidcraft and the work they do in fighting for a fair wage, we hope it will raise a reasonable amount of money, and we hope those who come along will have a great day.”

“Traidcraft is an organisation which trades commercially but supports a fair wage for their producers and they make a real effort to work with groups who need a helping hand.”

Although the showcase is a popular annual event which is now held in the W,I hall, its humble beginnings was a few tables in the home of one of the members.

The Greasley group also sell Traidcraft items every Sunday at their church WHAT CHURCH?

International organisation Traidcraft fights poverty through trade and helps people in developing countries to transform their lives.

It runs effective development programmes, sells a wide range of fair trade products and campaigns hard to bring about trade justice.

Chief Executive of Traidcraft Mags Vaughan said: “Our whole ethos is one of fairness and justice.

“Our aim is to plant seeds of hope to secure the future of people and communities across the world.”

A variety of cards, gifts, stationery, confectionery and cakes will be on sale at the Fair Trading Showcase.

The showcase will run between 10am and 1pm at the Womens Institute Hall on Main Road, Watnall (near the Royal Oak pub).