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St Paul’s joins 220 London churches to celebrate Fairtrade and receive official status

Representatives from 220 churches within the Diocese of London are set to gather at St Paul’s to celebrate the work of the Fairtrade organisation and be officially granted Fairtrade status.

On Sunday, 11thMarch at 6pm, the Cathedral will receive its accreditation in a service, at which certificates will be awarded to each church.

The Diocese has achieved its accreditation by signing up to the values of Fairtrade and making a commitment to use Fairtrade products such as tea and coffee for visitors and staff alike. St Paul’s has also committed to using Fairtrade communion wine during its services.

The Reverend Canon Michael Hampel, Precentor of St Paul’s, said: "Hosting this service at St Paul’s gives us the opportunity to share the important messages of Fairtrade and how we use the God-given resources of the earth, fairly and justly.

"For us, this accreditation is just a starting point, and we won’t stop striving for justice and social responsibility, whether that is for people in London and the UK or producers around the world.”

The Celebrate Fairtrade service begins at 6pm on Sunday, 11th March. All are welcome to attend.