TOWN residents are being urged to take a step for Fairtrade.
Events will take place over the next two weeks to mark this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight.
Shoppers can show their support and schools throughout the town will also be doing their bit for the cause.
This year’s theme is Take A Step for Fairtrade and people are being encouraged to join in with the two week journey.
A coffee morning marked the start of the fortnight at the weekend and members of the town’s Fairtrade Steering Group will be spending time in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre on Thursday and Friday this week in at attempt to raise funds and awareness.
Shoppers can take a footprint sticker and show they are taking a step for Fairtrade this year.
Chris Eddowes, a member of the steering group who lives in the Grange Road area of Hartlepool, said: “We are in tough financial times but we have to think of all of these people who are producing goods for us to eat and drink and at times making a loss, it’s totally unfair.
“The good thing is, despite the recession, Fairtrade sales are going up year after year which is fantastic to see.”