Here are some of the ways that you can support Blackthorn Trust:

  1. Become a ‘Friend of Blackthorn’
An annual membership costs £20. Benefits include:
  • 10% discount on food and drink in the Blackthorn Café.
  • A copy of our newsletter.
To join, please complete the ‘Friends of Blackthorn’ membership form and return it to or call 01622 828381 to request a membership form.
  1. Make a donation
Much of our work is possible because of the support we receive from donations.
  • If you would like to donate by bank transfer, Blackthorn Trust’s bank account details are: CAF Bank, Sort Code 40 52 40, Account Number 00019020
  • Please send donations by cheque to our Finance Officer, Blackthorn Trust, St Andrews Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 9AN (cheques should be made payable to “The Blackthorn Trust”).
  • You can donate by card payment HERE using PayPal.
  • Contact the office on 01622 828382 or email if you would like a Gift Aid Form or to set up regular donations.
We are also part of Kent Charities Group – a small group of local charities who fund raise together by putting on an annual dinner and by having a fantastic Christmas raffle each year. Find out more about Kent Charities Group HERE.
  1. Visit our café, charity shop and plant nursery
Our café, charity shop and plant nursery are open to the public 10am – 3pm, Monday to Friday.
All of our food is prepared on-site using as much produce from our biodynamic garden as possible. We also have artisanal bread, beautiful crafts and stained glass available to purchase in the café, all of which have been lovingly made in our workshops. We also have seasonal plants for sale all year round and lots of bargains can be found in our on-site charity shop.
All proceeds go towards the running of Blackthorn – every pound you spend with us really makes a difference.
  1. Volunteer in our charity shop, café or workshops
Blackthorn Trust couldn’t operate without our amazing volunteers who work in a variety of customer service and programme-support roles. Information about the skills required and details of our current volunteer opportunities can be found HERE.
Please be aware that we carry out a DBS check for all volunteers.
  1. Get your workplace involved
We are always happy to talk to local businesses about our employee retention services, corporate sponsorship or other forms of support. Get in touch by emailing or call 01892 328382.
  1. Fundraise on our behalf
There are all kinds of fun ways to raise funds for charity. If you’d like to do something on our behalf why not come and see us or give us a call (01622 828382) to discuss how we can support your fundraising activity.
  1. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @blackthorntrust
We use social media to help spread the word of the work we do, as well as forthcoming events. Please like, follow us and share our posts.