4 Mar 2013

The Bishop of Truro is calling on churches to support The Children’s Society’s partnership with Traidcraft – one of the UK’s leading suppliers of fair trade products – to help tackle child poverty and neglect. 

Through the partnership, 10%* of all products purchased from Traidcraft's website** will be donated to The Children’s Society. Money raised will support the charity’s work with child refugees, young runaways, disabled children and young carers.

The Bishop of Truro and Chair of The Children’s Society’s Board of Trustees, the Right Reverend Tim Thornton, said: 'This is an exciting opportunity for churches across the country to put their faith into action. By supporting The Children’s Society’s partnership with Traidcraft, we can tackle the scourge of poverty and neglect that blights the lives of so many and secure a better future for some of the most disadvantaged children.'

With their shared commitment to tackling poverty and injustice, The Children’s Society is urging its supporters, and the wider Christian community, to choose Traidcraft for their refreshments, clothes, groceries and handmade cards. Established in 1979 as a Christian response to poverty, Traidcraft combines a trading company and a development charity. 

Jane Riley, Supporter Development Manager at Traidcraft, said: 'The Children’s Society’s strong Christian roots and transformational work with families make them the ideal partner for us.  By ordering our products, churches can make a real difference to the lives of children and families in the UK and the developing world.'

If you want to help children and their families suffering injustice and poverty in the UK and the developing world, visit Traidcraft's website or call 0845 330 8900, stating you are supporting The Children’s Society.

Through their long-term relationships with both commodity farmers and artisans of fair trade products across the globe, Traidcraft offer one of the widest ranges of fair trade clothing, handmade cards and groceries.

Just £15 could help The Children’s Society make contact with a vulnerable child at risk of exploitation and £30 could help get them on a tailored programme of support.


*Traidcraft will give 10 per cent of the sale price on items purchased through the dedicated joint website from new customers only (those not registered as Traidcraft customers).

**To ensure 10 per cent of Fairtrade products purchased goes to The Children’s Society, a dedicated joint website has been created.  Please visit www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/childrenssociety.  Purchases can also be made by calling 0845 330 8900.  Callers must state they are a supporter of The Children’s Society.

Media enquiries and further information

For more information, please call The Children’s Society media team on 020 7841 4422 or email media@childrenssociety.org.uk. For out-of-hours enquiries please call 07810 796 508.

Notes to editors

  • The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.


  • If you are a church, school, business or shop requiring a credit account or trade terms, please visit www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/childrenssociety to apply for an account. If you are eligible for a credit account with discounts and a credit facility*, an additional 10% of the sale price on all products purchased by The Children’s Society supporters through the credit account will go to The Children’s Society.