Top volunteer award for dedicated Anne

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A Pitmedden woman has been given a long overdue acknowledgement of the sustained work she has done promoting Fairtrade in Aberdeenshire.

Anne Aspden was nominated for the Scottish Fairtrade Forum’s Volunteer of the Year Award by members from the Mid-Formartine Fairtrade group and the Peterhead and Buchan Fairtrade group,

She was presented with her award on Wednesday, November 8, by Mid-Formartine councillor Paul Johnston, a long term Fairtrade supporter, on behalf of the Scottish Fairtrade Forum.

Anne has been championing Fairtrade in the area for many years.

In 2007 she gathered together other local people who were interested in seeing a fairer way of trading with poorer people in the world, and using trade to tackle poverty.

The Mid-Formartine Fairtrade group was launched, followed soon after by the Peterhead and Buchan group.

Although the latter group was composed of members living in Peterhead, Mintlaw, Hatton, New Deer and Stuartfield, Anne still provided much needed encouragement, moral support, ideas and goodies for all the events which the group attends.

Anne is now the only person in Aberdeenshire providing Fairtrade goods on a sale or return basis to any group wanting to run a Fairtrade stall or pop-up shop.

Her reach extends as far afield as Alford, Ellon and Peterhead.

It is widely accepted that Anne is the dynamic inspiration behind a list of Fairtrade events and campaigns that have been organized in both the Buchan and Formartine areas.