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All wrapped up - model of St Paul's marks start of Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight began in style at St Paul's as a model of the Cathedral made entirely from Fairtrade wrappers was unveiled.

Made by Amanda Hughes, Children’s Church Co-ordinator of St Mary’s, Finchley, alongside the Diocese of London Fairtrade Group, the model is an accurate representation of the real building in which it will now stand for two weeks (25 February - 11 March).

The model is made entirely from products which have Fairtrade status, the majority of which are tea and chocolate. Around the edge, a picket fence includes the names of all the 237 churches in the Diocese of London which are Fairtrade churches.

Amanda Hughes said: "I'm thrilled to see the model in St Paul's Cathedral and feel very happy to do my small part in showing how we can help reduce poverty in the world with our shopping habits."

The Reverend Canon Michael Hampel, Precentor of St Paul's said: "What a wonderful sight to see St Paul’s modelled out of Fairtrade wrappers. It’s as if the very stones cry out for fair trading and just sharing. As a Fairtrade cathedral, we are delighted to display this handsome sculpture and to promote the cause of Fairtrade to our worshippers and visitors who themselves come from all over the world.”