British Community in Thailand Foundation cancels Ploenchit Fair 2020 due to COVID-19

Bangkok, 14 October 2020The Ploenchit Fair Committee has made the decision not to proceed with this year’s Fair due to the COVID 19 pandemic. The government restrictions would make it impossible to hold a Fair as we know it.

The Ploenchit Fair is the main fundraiser for BCTFN (British Community in Thailand Foundation for the Needy) and during this past year, over 3 million Baht has been donated to charities and worthy causes all over Thailand. This decision to cancel the 2020 Fair was not taken lightly and over the coming year we will continue to support these charities by drawing on our emergency reserves.

During the next few months we will be in touch with our long term supporters to find ways of working together to raise funds to meet continuing appeals.

For more information about the fair, please visit

About British Community in Thailand for The Needy (BCTFN)

BCTFN was launched in 1941 at the British Club, where morning markets selling home-made cakes and other items were run by the British ladies. Plays were also staged from time to time. These various activities were included in the Young Women’s Christian Association’s first International Bazaar in 1951. In 1957, the wife of the British ambassador promoted the idea of an annual charity fair supported by a dedicated committee, which became the United Kingdom Charities for Thailand Committee (UKCTC).

It was called The Ploenchit Fair as it was held for many years on the embassy grounds and took its name from the legation’s address at the time.

Ministry of Interior granted its Foundation status was in 1999 under the banner of the British Community in Thailand Foundation for the Needy.  Members are entirely voluntary. With experience accumulated over so many years, they have come to understand the character and needs of the individual charities. They can therefore offer advice when asked, and monitor projects they have been closely associated with for decades.


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Total Quality PR (Thailand) Co., Ltd. on behalf of BCTFN

Tom Van Blarcom / Warin Pattarapatumthong

Tel:  0 2260 5820 /Fax: 0 2260 5847-8


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