Scottish shops are signing up to help make the first World Scotch Pie Week a highlight in Scotland’s bakery calendar.

Twenty-five companies have already pledged to raise money for the Scottish Society for Autism by either selling branded wristbands or donating a percentage of their Scotch pie sales during the week, from 25 November to 2 December. By registering for the event, bakers get a promotional pack with posters, balloons and a collection box.

The new event hopes to follow the success of National Doughnut Week, which raises thousands of pounds annually by selling doughnuts at more than 1,000 bakery outlets throughout the UK.

Organisers of World Scotch Pie Week have already received £2,000 in donations and expect to get more bakers signing up to take part in the week before the event.

Scotch Pie Club founder, Alan Stuart, said: "The World Scotch Pie Week Championship has improved standards in the industry. Now we’re calling on butchers and bakers to get behind the week and to support a worthwhile charity."

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