Fairtrade Yorkshire runners-up in Outstanding Fairtrade Campaign award

Fairtrade Yorkshire was named as a runner-up in the award for Outstanding Fairtrade Campaign. The awards were presented at a reception ceremony marking twenty years of the Fairtrade Mark, which took place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London.

An independent judging panel of campaigning and fair trade experts named the Isle of Man Fairtrade Group as the overall winner, praising their “imagination, inclusion, inspiration and impact… in a way that typified exactly the kind of solid, cross-community campaigning which has taken place all across the UK to help get Fairtrade to where it is today after 20 years.”

In addition, the Fairtrade Foundation presented a Special Recognition Award to the early pioneers of the Fairtrade Towns movement – Garstang – who came up with the idea to unite their community in support of Fairtrade, and declared themselves the world’s very first Fairtrade Town.

Fairtrade celebrates its 20th anniversary at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London. Runners-up for Outstanding Fairtrade Campaign L to R re those you may not know: Allegra McEvedy, MBE, patron of the FT Foundation, who was standing in for Harry Hill who had been due to present the awards; to Rita's right as you look at the photo; 2 members from Preston and South Ribble Fairtrade Group, joint runners up; Mike Gidney, chief executive of the FT Foundation

Left to right: chef, writer and broadcaster Allegra McEvedy, MBE (patron of the Fairtrade Foundation); Helen Robinson and Sophie Bebb (fairandfunky, Holmfirth); Karen Palframan (chair of Bradford Fairtrade Zone and Yorkshire rep on the National Campaigner Committee); Rita Verity (Haworth Fairtrade Village); members of the Preston and South Ribble Fairtrade Group (joint runners up) and Mike Gidney (chief executive of the Fairtrade Foundation)

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