Monday, 10 February 2014

Could you help rebuild the Blackthorn Trust?

A campaign to raise £75,000 to fund a new therapy building at Maidstone-based Blackthorn Trust is now calling on Kent businesses, in particular building and construction experts, for support.

Recognising the important work of Blackthorn Trust has seen Maidstone Borough Council and Cobtree Foundation agree to jointly contribute £35,000 towards the appeal if local businesses can match it or provide their time, products and services to the project. 

Maxim, the Tunbridge Wells PR and marketing agency and publisher of Kentcentric, is backing the campaign by providing media relations support on a pro bono basis. Could your business help?

The charity supports local people with chronic long-term conditions, such as pain, depression or mental illness, as well as ex-servicemen with post traumatic stress disorder.

With the £35,000 already committed to the project, the Blackthorn Trust has already been able to put in the order for the steel frame of the building. 

Thanks to soldiers from 36 Engineers Regiment, based at Invicta Park Barracks in the town, and Futures for Heroes, the charity that supports ex-servicemen with accommodation and work skills training, the former dilapidated therapy centre (pictured) has been demolished in preparation for work to begin.

The charity is now looking for the support of local building trades and construction experts to help turn their plans into reality and create this much-needed facility for the local community.

Local firms interested in backing the Blackthorn Trust fundraising campaign should contact Emma Halpin at emma@blackthorn.org.uk or call her on 01622 7222219.

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