National Doughnut Week, which was due to run from 9-16 May 2020, has been cancelled.
It is the latest bakery-related event to be cancelled or postponed due to the current Covid-19 situation, with Britain’s Best Loaf, the BSB spring conference and ABST 2020 conference among other affected events.
The annual celebration of doughnuts was founded by Christopher Freeman, owner of Dunn’s Bakery, in 1991. It is sponsored by CSM Bakery Solutions and sees bakeries across the UK donate money to charity The Children’s Trust through the sale of doughnuts. In 2019 the event raised £32,532.
Dates for National Doughnut Week 2021 will be announced later this year.
“We have taken the disappointing decision to cancel National Doughnut Week 2020. We will, of course, feed back directly to everyone that has already signed up and we will announce the 2021 dates as soon as we can. We thank all our supporters and hope their businesses are finding ways to navigate their way through this difficult time,” said Christopher Freeman.
Katie Roberts, head of voluntary fundraising at The Children’s Trust, added: “It’s very sad that National Doughnut Week has been cancelled, but we understand that it’s the right thing to do in current circumstances.
“The Children’s Trust faces one of its toughest challenges in its 36-year history. Due to the cancellation of many of our fundraising events, and the closure of our charity shops, we’re set to lose hundreds of thousands of pounds in the next few months alone. To keep vital services running, we need to raise £7m a year and we’ve launched a special appeal to try and recoup the loss, so that we can continue to support vulnerable children and families from across the country.”