Monday, 18 May 2009

Fairtrade work recognised with MBEs for Bruce Crowther and Sophi Tranchell

Bruce Crowther, the founder of the Fairtrade Town movement, has been awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year honours list. The honour recognises his work supporting developing countries through Fairtrade Towns, Oxfam and the twinning link between his home town of Garstang in Lancashire and New Koforidua in Ghana. Bruce said, ‘I’m just one of millions of people who care about the poverty and inequality that underlies most, if not all that is wrong in our unjust world. I hope by accepting this award on behalf of this mass movement of people it will help to promote
even greater awareness of poverty and the part we all play in it.’ Bruce established Garstang as the world’s first Fairtrade Town in 2000 and since then has seen the movement spread worldwide to more than 560 towns and cities including Dublin, San Francisco and London. His other honours include being chief of New Koforidua and featuring as a ‘local hero’ in Gordon Brown’s book about UK community champions. Sophi Tranchell, Managing Director of Fairtrade chocolate company Divine Chocolate, was also honoured with an MBE. Bruce and Sophi will receive their awards from a member of the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace
some time during 2009. Read more about the Fairtrade Towns movement at

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