THE Bishop of Pontefract, the Right Rev Tony Robinson, is to try his hand as a barista to raise awareness of how small-scale coffee farmers in Nicaragua have been supported by international development agency, Christian Aid.

Bishop Tony will be put through his paces by trained baristas at Wakefield Cathedral next Tuesday, as he learns to make lattes and cappuccinos ahead of Christian Aid Week – May 15 to 21.

His efforts will draw attention to the way in which support from Christian Aid has helped to change the lives of thousands of people in Nicaragua by helping farmers to get a fair price for their coffee, thus enabling them to access education and healthcare for their families.

Bishop Tony said: “The story of the coffee farmers in Nicaragua is one of hope. It shows how our actions can help to support thousands of people around the world work their way out of poverty.

“I have been privileged to visit some of Christian Aid’s local partners in Senegal and Tanzania and see how they bring about positive change in people’s lives.

“Here in West Yorkshire thousand of volunteers will work hard during Christian Aid Week to help people in poverty out of poverty with Christian Aid.”