Press Release.

100 local people raised nearly £4000 at the Golden Ticket Gala at Armada House last night, to fund life changing equipment for Ugandan gold miners.

Greg addressing Gala Dinner in Bristol

Greg addressing Gala Dinner in Bristol

Fairtrade Gold pioneer, Greg Valerio MBE, spoke passionately about how small-scale gold mining is one of the most dangerous and low-paid industries in the world, and involves 160 million people. The use of mercury in the extraction process is hugely damaging to human health and the environment.

A new machine enables gold miners to extract 4 times the amount of gold without using mercury – and Bristol raised this money at a wonderful Gala event last night to celebrate Healthy City Week.

The event included one lucky guest winning the Golden Ticket, which was hidden inside a wrapper of Divine chocolate (Willy Wonka style!) and won a beautiful Fairtrade Gold necklace from Liz Earle’s collection!

The wonderful Diana Porter

The wonderful Diana Porter

The event was organised by Go Green Bristol, Bristol Fairtrade and Bristol Green Capital Partnership, and sponsored by the Co-operative and Bristol jewellers, Diana Porter. Diana announced that evening that all her 9k and 18k gold pieces will now be made using Fairtrade Gold as standard, a massive commitment to ethical jewellery.


For more information, please contact: Jenny Foster, 07970-878337


Notes to editors

  • Healthy City Week runs 15th-22nd October with over 150 events aiming to inspire citizens of  Bristol to achieve healthier lifestyles as part of a more sustainable future city
  • Bristol has been a leading Fairtrade City since 2005
  • A number of local jewellers now stock Fairtrade Gold, including Argos. More information:
  • Valerio Jewellery is the eponymous ethical fair trade jewellery brand of Greg Valerio – the pioneering ethical jeweller.