The Traidcraft stall, run by Kate and Jimmy Whelan, operates at different time during the year after the 6pm and 9.30am Masses and before the 11.30am Mass at certain times of the year.
The stall sells a range of produce including tea, coffee, biscuits and chocolate. It also offers seasonal produce such as Advent calendars, Christmas cards and Easter eggs.
Traidcraft is the UK’s leading fair trade organisation that has been working since 1979 to fight poverty through trade, practising and promoting approaches to trade that help people in developing countries to transform their lives.
The purpose of running the stall is to support Traidcraft Exchange, which is their partner charity, in fighting injustice in trade and finding solutions to poverty. We make a small profit and this is donated to CAFOD usually twice a year, when they make their Harvest and Lent appeals.
The recent weekend stalls were a great success, so Kate and Jimmy intend to be back with their stall outside the church after Sunday Mass, when Lent comes around.
Jimmy Whelan writes: “By popular demand this weekend we are raffling some small Traidcraft Hampers, including a lovely Advent Calendar, just in time! The tickets are only £1 each and you have a 1 in 20 chance of winning, while continuing to support the work of the Traidcraft Exchange in offering small producers a sustainable route out of poverty.
Thank you once again for your continued support and good luck with the raffle draw.”
Message from Jimmy Whelan
“A big thank you to everybody who supported the Traidcraft stall recently, after such a long absence! Your support was very much appreciated and will help to make a difference to the lives of small producers, offering them a sustainable route out of poverty.
We sold out of Christmas cards and many of your favourite products did very well too. We hope to raffle some Christmas Traidcraft hampers next week! A number of people told us to keep the change or gave a small donation. This will be donated, with any subsequent profit, to CAFOD in Lent. Thank you once again.”