Open house in Pitmedden secures £7000

The fairtrade open house at Bonnyton Farmhouse.
The fairtrade open house at Bonnyton Farmhouse.

A fair-trade event in Pitmedden smashed records by raising over £7000 recently.

Over 350 visitors flocked to the fair-trade open house event which took place at Bonnyton Farmhouse last week.

The Aspden family home opened for 12 hours a day from Wednesday to Sunday in what was their 21st fair-trade event.

Every room in the ground floor was transformed into an Aladdin’s cave showcasing Fairtrade products including food to clothes, to jewellery, toys and gifts.

Organiser Anne Aspden said: “This annual event is probably the biggest voluntary fair-trade sales platform in the area and last week it raised more than ever before.

“Over £7000 was exchanged for a huge variety of fair-trade products gathered in from all over the globe.”

Donations to the refreshments which were served around the farmhouse kitchen table helped bring in a further £225 to the total.

Traidcraft Exchange - the charity wing of Traidcraft - will benefit from the cash raised.

Anne said that the money ‘will be used to help in their fight for justice and fair conditions for workers and producers in developing countries’.

She added: “Each year I am amazed at the number of people who come to visit. I am really grateful to everyone for supporting the sale.

“They all leave knowing that every product has been fairly traded and bought without the exploitation of children, adults or the environment.

“I have lots of help setting up the sale and running it over the five days so I would like to thank the band of people who give up their time to set up, serve the customers and make soup and cake!”

Every Wednesday a Christmas mini-market will be held from now up until December 17 in the Ythan Centre selling Fairtrade goods.  

Both events are organised and manned by Ellon Resource Centre.