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Ethical fashion show raises hundreds for West Craven hospice

[Saturday 03 March 2007]

AN ethical food and fashion show aimed at highlighting the range of Fairtrade products available across West Craven has raised hundreds of pounds for a local charity.

Foodies and fashionistas enjoyed the evening of Fairtrade catwalk shows and fine cuisine at St Bartholomew's Church last week, and raised an impressive £690 for Pendleside Hospice.

his is just one of a number of local events we have planned to help encourage people to choose Fairtrade

Gill Holden - Pendle Fairtrade Steering Group

The event, which was to mark Fairtrade Fortnight, showcased the ethical clothing lines offered by Fairtrade outlets Ocarina, Fair Necessities and Arkadash and gave people the opportunity to sample a selection of Fairtrade food and wine.

Organised by Pendle's Fairtrade Steering Group, the evening aimed to raise awareness of the rapidly growing international movement which seeks to guarantee a better deal for farmers and workers in the developing world.

Councillor Tonia Barton, a member of Pendle's Fairtrade Steering Group said: "The evening was a huge success and we had a very large turnout. We'd like to thank the Co-op for donating the Fairtrade food and wine for the evening and Colne Open Door for freshly preparing a wide range of dishes."

Gill Holden, Pendle Council's Sustainability Officer said: "This is just one of a number of local events we have planned to help encourage people to choose Fairtrade."

There are a number of outlets and cafes in Pendle that sell and serve Fairtrade products. A full list can be found at www.pendlelife.co.uk/fairtradegroup

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